In Rogue One, a hooded character acts as an assistant to Darth Vader. He kneels before the Sith Lord and informs about the arrival of Director Krennic. Wookieepedia states that his name is Vaneé. Is it possible that he and Kren Blista-Vanee, an Imperial Ruling Council member in Return of the Jedi, are the same character? To me, at least, their appearances look somewhat similar (considering they're some 4 years apart, in the in-universe timeline).

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  • On a second thought... disregarding Vaneé's Human nose, he kind of looks like a Muun from the Legends, doesn't he? – Essen Dec 20 '16 at 9:56

Seems unlikely1

Kren Blista-Vanee is mentioned in the canon novel Tarkin, set fourteen years before Rogue One, as a newcomer to the Imperial Ruling Council:

Fond of wearing flamboyant hats and frequenting the opera, Blista-Vanee was a relative newcomer to the Ruling Council, but had already proven an asset in blazing hyperspace routes into the Deep Core star systems.

Tarkin Chapter 15: "Negative Capability"

The career trajectory that leads one to transition from the Ruling Council to Vader's lackey over a fourteen year period, only to re-ascend to the Ruling Council within the next four years, boggles my mind; it's astronomically unlikely that they could be the same person.

1 I had initially claimed here that Pablo Hidalgo debunked this claim on Twitter. Later tweets from Hidalgo revealed that I misinterpreted him, so I've removed that section

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    Oh great. EVERYONE is Snoke! I'm still holding out hope he's Jar-Jar. Great find, anyway. But where is the name from? Is he on the cast list? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 19 '16 at 16:05
  • @DVK-in-exile My favourite part is the tweet Hidalgo is replying to, which is basically "please confirm this guy isn't Snoke, because everybody's going to assume he is anyway and I want to nip this one in the bud" – Jason Baker Dec 19 '16 at 16:07
  • @DVK-in-exile He's named in the Visual Guide and on IMDB. I still haven't seen the film, so I couldn't tell you if he's in the credits or not – Jason Baker Dec 19 '16 at 16:08
  • @JasonBaker Hidalgo's statement is clear, thank you for sharing that. However, I kind of disagree with your further thinking. In my opinion, watching over the Lord of the Sith, especially when he's at his weakest, could be considered an honor, even for a member of the Imperial Ruling Council. – Essen Dec 20 '16 at 9:52
  • @Essen I very intensely disagree, but if Hidalgo's statement is what swayed you then you may want to unaccept my answer; I recently learned that I misinterpreted him – Jason Baker Dec 24 '16 at 15:36

Novelization merely calls him "Black-cloacked aide" and doesn't name him. The name "Vane*" doesn't appear in the text at all.

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