10/06/2034 11:57 PM ET

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Why Star Wars: Black Saber Will Be The Best Star Wars Movie Yet

Emily Bristoll
Huntington Courier Entertainment Reporter

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The lightsaber will be going very, very dark.
Star Wars is getting a new villain.

On Tuesday Disney announced a new addition to the Star Wars Canon, the long rumored Star Wars: Black Saber.

Lucasfilm President Felipe Ortiz spoke to the media at X/70 in Berlin, addressing whispers which have been circulating among the sci-fi community for some time.

"We're in pre-production right now, and we're slated for an end pipeline June 2036," he confirmed.

Ortiz would not confirm Disney's choice of director, but talk has settled on Zach Snyder as being the most likely candidate. John Eser and Benji Fishkvili remain possibilties, each with recent experience directing big-budget sci-fi movies.

And the new villain? Ortiz spoke of a new, darker creation.

"Dark Saber's antagonist will be Vax Shushuba, and he will elaborate a pre-Darth Vader aspect of the Force's two sides balancing out," he offered, cryptically.

Ortiz continued, "his light saber color will reflect his devotion to his religion," declining to provide more detail.

Ortiz also remained tight-lipped on who would be cast. Fans have longed for Chris Cheng to play a Star Wars bad guy, having eaten up his portrayal of the Vulcan Commander Tomalak in last year's Star Trek Generate.

Star Wars is experiencing somewhat of a rebirth under Ortiz' charge, with AT-AT: Alpha Squadron premiering, and Star Wars: Tarkin debuting Monday on ABC.

Disney is eager to move on from several years of Star Wars-related mediocrity, which culminated in last year's disastrous Force, which cost a staggering $580m to produce and was torn apart critically, while Star Trek Generate opened to enthusastic reviews, garnering $2.3bn worldwide.
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