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A new trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released, offering fans a fleeting glimpse of Darth Vader.

The spin-off trailer concludes with a shot of Vader and the sound of his trademark heavy breathing.

Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, the leader of a Rebel mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.Rogue One A Star Wars Story trailer released

The movie is set before the time of the first Star Wars film A New Hope, released in 1977, and does not form part of the main series.

The two-minute promo, which is different from the one shown at last month’s Star Wars Celebration event in London, begins with new character Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) telling Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) that “the world is coming undone”.

The trailer goes on to show Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) being told about the mission for which they have been selected.

Subsequent scenes feature a new robot character voiced by Alan Tudyk, a blind warrior played by Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, and an Imperial Walker being struck by a missile.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16.

Darth Vader’s bid for Ukraine’s presidency has been rejected.

The man, who appears in the costume of Darth Vader and is often accompanied by people dressed in other Star Wars outfits, was nominated for the presidency by the Internet Party of Ukraine. Earlier he told the party’s congress that he wanted to turn Ukraine into “a galactic empire”.

Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission says parts of Darth Vader’s application were “questionable” and some paperwork was probably forged. Apparently, the man is really an electrician called Viktor Shevchenko, who changed his name to Darth Vader in March.

Darth Vader’s bid for Ukraine's presidency has been rejected

Darth Vader’s bid for Ukraine’s presidency has been rejected (photo Reuters)

At least one commission member suggests Darth Vader’s campaign could be an attempt to discredit the upcoming election – possibly by Russia, which does not recognize the Ukraine’s interim government.

“It may seem like an innocent joke, but someone paid 2.5 million hryvnyas [$227,000] for this joke,” says Ihor Zhydenko, referring to the deposit that must be given along with the application.

Ihor Zhydenko adds that Darth Vader might run for the presidency in Russia, where he has received extensive media coverage.

“They already have little green men,” he says, referring to Russian troops in the Crimea region.

“Such a commander-in-chief would be appropriate.”

Twenty-three candidates have been registered to run in the snap presidential election in Ukraine on May 25.

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Star Wars launched its official Instagram account by posting a selfie of Darth Vader.

A tweet told followers to subscribe to the Instagram page, saying: “It is useless to resist.”

Two behind the scenes pictures from previous films have also been posted.

Star Wars: Episode VII will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios early next year ahead of an expected 2015 release.

Star Wars launched its official Instagram account by posting a selfie of Darth Vader

Star Wars launched its official Instagram account by posting a selfie of Darth Vader

The Star Wars Instagram account had gained around 60,000 followers within 12 hours after posting the first image.

Disney is holding open auditions for the new film, which have been taking place around Britain.

The most recent feature-length Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, was released in 2005.


Actor Richard LeParmentier, known as one of Darth Vader’s first victims in Star Wars, has died aged 66, his family has announced.

Richard LeParmentier, a Pittsburgh native, played Admiral Motti in the 1977 film, the disdainful Death Star commander whose “lack of faith” Vader found “disturbing”.

The actor, who moved to the UK in 1974, also had roles in Superman II, Octopussy and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

In a statement, his family remembered him as “a talented actor and director”.

Richard LeParmentier, known as one of Darth Vader's first victims in Star Wars, has died aged 66

Richard LeParmentier, known as one of Darth Vader’s first victims in Star Wars, has died aged 66

Richard LeParmentier, who was based in Bath, had been visiting relatives in Austin, Texas, at the time of his death.

In a message to their “dad” signed by Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LeParmentier, the actor was described as “a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre”.

Richard LeParmentier’s brief Star Wars appearance saw his character extol the virtues of the Empire’s Death Star space station and pour scorn on Vader’s “sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion”.

His diatribe brought a swift rebuke from the masked Vader, who used “The Force” to place a choke hold on his throat.

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Richard LeParmentier also wrote episodes of shows such as The Bill, Boon and Love Hurts.

IMDb states Richard LeParmentier was married for three years to actress Sarah Douglas, best known for playing Superman II villainess Ursa.

Sarah Douglas, who was apparently informed of her ex-husband’s death by her Twitter followers, said she was “sad to hear the news”.