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The biggest, baddest villain in the Star Wars universe is making a surprise return appearance.

Darth Vader will appear in an upcoming special presentation of Disney’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels. The best part: He will be voiced by the iconic character’s original actor, James Earl Jones.

Rebels recently delivered 6.5 million viewers in its Disney Channel premiere, titled Spark of Rebellion (you might say that viewership is most impressive). Now Disney plans to re-air the Episode IV prequel on its flagship ABC broadcast network. But to make the event extra special, an additional scene is being added featuring the black helmeted Sith Lord.

“We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” said executive producer Dave Filoni. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones.”

The special will air Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. But what if this stunt is just a one-time deal for the ABC special and we don’t ever get Darth Vader again on the series?