A few days back, Star Wars fan site Jedi News reported that Ian McDiarmid will return as Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Now we’re getting confirmation via Latino Review that McDiarmid will return as the evil Emperor in the new film, which is due out in the summer of 2015.
McDiarmid played Emperor Palpatine in the original series and the nefarious Palpatine/Darth Sidious – master of Darth Maul and Count Dooku – in the prequel trilogy.
At the end of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader kills the evil Emperor after Palpatine attacks his son Luke Sykwalker.
In the expanded Star Wars universe, Palpatine was resurrected in the comic books, but according to Latino Review will come back as a “ghost” in the new film, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi did in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
They are also saying that he had another apprentice before he died, which seems to contradict the events at the end of Return of the Jedi in which he tried to convert Luke, and that the Michael Arndt-written script will not be based on any of the expanded-universe books.
Fans were expecting big Star Wars news at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, but all the company would say is that Episode VII will be released in the summer of 2015. “I really wish I could tell you more. It will come soon,” studio boss Alan Horn told the booing audience.
So, is this a B.S. rumour or do you think Palpatine will be back? Sound off in the comments.