Wrestler Sheamus to play Darth Vader in the new Star Wars sequel directed by J.J. Abrams.
According to The Spreadit, it all started on July 30th, when Wrestler Sheamus posted a picture of Darth Vader toys. The 36-year-old also received a lightsaber as a present from Mattel. Minutes after sharing the photo of the toy, the Assault of Darkness actor uploaded another photo of Darth Vader with his lightsaber. That’s when the J.J. Abrams took him seriously.
The WWE champion has been linked to the role British actor Dave Prowse played in the first three Star Wars movies, and he has fueled the speculation on Twitter.
The fighter, real name Stephen Farrelly, has been spotted close to where filming is taking place on Skellig Michael Island in Ireland, and he recently tweeted a photo of himself wielding a toy lightsaber.
As Wrestler Sheamus plays Darth Vader, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will all return to the set. Ford is still recovering from a leg injury. Oscar Isaacs, Adam Driver and Andy Serkis will also join the cast.
The movie is set several years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, where Darth Vader was killed, so it seems unusual that the iconic villain will be showing up in this highly-anticipated sequel. The young Princess Leia, as played by Carrie Fisher’s daughter, is set to return, so it’s entirely possible.
Darth Vader was created by George Lucas and has been portrayed by numerous actors. The character was portrayed by bodybuilder David Prowse, stunt performer Bob Anderson performed the character’s intense lightsaber fight scenes, and James Earl Jones provided the voice. The character has also been voiced by Scott Lawrence and Matt Sloan for several video games.
Darth Vader is depicted as a ruthless cyborg who serves the Galactic Empire. Early in the film, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that Vader is a former Jedi who “betrayed and murdered” Luke’s father and helped the Empire destroy the Jedi Order. Along with Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader is charged with recovering the Death Star’s technical schematics, which were stolen by the Rebel Alliance seeking to overthrow the Empire.
Sheamus is an Irish professional wrestler. While he seems to be a good fit as Darth Vader, he is currently signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs, and the wrestler is the current United States Champion in his second reign.
Prior to joining WWE, Sheamus was a two-time International Heavyweight Champion during his tenure in Irish Whip Wrestling. He has held the WWE Championship on two occasions, the World Heavyweight Championship once, and the WWE United States Championship twice, as well as winning the 2010 King of the Ring tournament and the 2012 Royal Rumble match.
On the 5 May episode of Raw, Sheamus won a 20-man battle royal to win the United States Championship for the second time, eliminating the previous champion Dean Ambrose last.
Sheamus then began feuding with Cesaro and his manager Paul Heyman, culminating in a match between Sheamus and Cesaro for the championship at Payback, which the wrestler won.
Wrestler Sheamus also defeated Bad News Barrett to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship; the match was won by John Cena.
Earlier this week, Wrestler Sheamus revealed that he visited the Irish island Skellig Michael, the same area that was confirmed as a new shooting location just a few days ago. The Irish Mirror publication ran a story that claimed Sheamus is playing Darth Vader, which the wrestler ambiguously responded to on his Twitter.
Ironically, before his days as a WWE pro wrestler, Wrestler Sheamus portrayed Darth Vader during promotional tours for the 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. It’s possible that Darth Vader will be brought back in some kind of a flashback, but since hardly any story details have been confirmed about this highly-secretive production, there’s no way to tell for certain.