And you thought it was just going to be a normal day, huh? Those summery, easy-going vibes must have only lasted a matter of seconds after you started in on your blurry half-awake scroll through Twitter where the flurry of tweets imparting a sense of intense feels alerted you to the fact that: a Darth Vader is confirmed for Star Wars 8 by no less authoritative a publication than Entertainment Weekly. Color me convinced.
And honestly? Thank goodness that Darth Vader is finally coming back. I've missed him. That no-good Kylo Ren is easy on the eye, but he's no replacement for the entertainment universe's most dynamic mouth-breather. While the primary villain of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be played by Ben Mendehlson, according to Entertainment Weekly, Darth Vader will be looming over him and issuing commands. They report: "Darth Vader kind of looms large over the plot, even when he's not necessarily on screen, because the new villain, played by Ben Mendelsohn, he's trying to fulfill the wishes of the Emperor, and he's got Vader looming in the background, over his shoulder."
The Twitterverse has done what it does best: gone totally nuts over the news in a witty, smart fashion. So without further ado, here are the best reactions I could find to this news.
1. The "So THAT'S Where He's Been Hiding" Reaction
The one place we didn't look: your local theme park.
2. The "Before Will Smith And Tommy Lee, There Was..." Reaction
Because there are scary moments in the Men In Black franchise, but, when it comes to intergalactic creepiness, Darth Vader probably wins, right?
3. The "Secretly-Crushing-On-Darth" Reaction
This gif is everything. Also, same.
4. The "Dancing With Happiness" Reaction
You guys, this was actually a short taken from the upcoming Star Wars movie. Sorry for the spoiler.
5. The Eye-Roll Reaction
Yeah, why are we going nuts about this news, again? Should have seen it coming. Must do better next time.
6. The Pure, Unadulterated Delight-Filled Reaction
How do you know this is exactly, no, exactly what my face is doing in reaction to this news? Stop hacking my webcam already.
7. The Only Vote I Care About Reaction
Pffft, forget the England-potentially-leaving-the-European-Union vote this week. This is so much bigger.
8. The "Ultimate Fulfilment" Reaction
I'm so fulfilled right now that I feel like the protagonist at the end of Eat, Pray, Love except instead of finding middle class white-lady-enlightenment via meditation, great pizza, and a Brazilian future husband, I've found Darth Vader.
9. The "Remember To Breathe" Reaction
Said it before, I'll say it again: same.
10. The "Critical Perspective" Reaction
Legit, but so sad if true. Please let us soak up the happy vibes for one second before we start facing up to reality.
11. The "Wishful-Thinking-Bring-Back-Hayden Christensen" Reaction
Remember Hayden Christensen, blast from the past? This person does. Seems unlikely though since Christensen more or less dropped off the face of the (entertainment) earth post his stint in Star Wars.
Haven't tweeted about it yet? You better get a move on before all the best Darth Vader gifs get used up. The Emperor's ready to hit the silver screen again and if that isn't cause for a celebratory tweet, I don't know what is.
Images: 20th Century Fox