There’s an interesting bit of news coming out of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story production, everyone expects that our favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader will make an appearance or two in the film set during the height of his and Emperor Palpatine’s power. Although nothing has been confirmed, James Earl Jones has been doing the Vader voice work in Star Wars: Rebels and is expected to do the same for any big screen Vader appearances. That just leaves who might wear the suit. Someone has to wear it and as David Prowse can attest, who does it could make a huge impact of how the character is perceived. The latest rumor is that six-foot seven-inch tall Spencer Wilding (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jupiter Ascending) will be handling all on screen costumed appearances of Darth Vader. (more…)
In true ‘Revenge Of The Nerds’ fashion, the meek must work hard to make it in a world full of oppressors. In some cases, if you’re ridiculed or treated like a dork throughout your childhood, bitterness and spite will power your determination to make the usurpers pay. It’s all about change for the better. Maybe change your name? Hit the gym relentlessly. Get plastic surgery. Most people just put their best feet forward and force their futures into financially awesome dream lives. And sadly, too many fall by the wayside and let their shortcomings define them forever. Emperor Palpatine’s rise to ruthless dictatorship must have been as unswerving as the abuse he had to have taken growing up. In short, bullies are to blame for the Dark Side’s undaunted reign. All because the future Sith Lord…had a stupid first name. (more…)
There’s some big Star Wars news coming out of the Brand Licensing Show 2013 taking place in the Olympia exposition center in London. The devil is always in the details and this time around the devil of a news bomb is everyone’s favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader. (more…)
The cone of silence is still firmly in place in terms of official info aboutStar Wars: Episode VII, but the cone of rumor and speculation is still blasting at full power. The latest piece of (mis?) information making the rounds is that Emperor Palpatine, the head of the Empire and the man who corrupted Anakin Skywalker into becoming Darth Vader, will be back in Episode VII, thus necessitating the appearance of his portrayer Ian McDiarmid, at least according to Latino-Review.
But wait, you say, didn’t Palpatine kind of die when at the end of Return of the Jedi when he was thrown down a shaft by Darth Vader and exploded into some kind of energy… Yeah. Anyway, the idea of Palpatine coming back is not unprecedented. In the Expanded Universe comic miniseries Dark Empire, it’s revealed that Palpatine had clones of himself because he was so bad ass with the Dark Side of the Force that his mortal bodies would get all used up and he’d have to jump into a new, younger Palpatine that would eventually become old and wrinkly due to his wicked evilness. According to Latino Review though, the makers of Episode VII are going to go a different way. Some slight potential spoilers ahead:
Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)
Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form.
Now here is a HUGE tidbit…
Palpatine had a new apprentice before he got killed.
Sounds like good nerd service, but is the whole Episode VII now going to be a bunch of returning characters with hardly anything new? I hope not. A galaxy far, far away isn’t as much fun if we’re following the same dozen people. Still, this is all still theoretical.
When there’s no official news coming out of the Disney Star Wars Production Camp, we can expect the Internet rumors to flare up just like brush fires during a bad drought. This time around the word is that Ian McDiarmid, Emperor Palpatine himself is returning to the Star Wars Universe.
When we last saw the Emperor he was falling down a deep shaft in the second Death Star after Vader picked up and chucked the Emperor Pro-Wrestling style. Could the Emperor have lived through that, or perhaps his return will come from the expanded Star Wars Universe in which the Emperor had the ability to transfer his consciousness to a clone body of himself. The Emperor did have ties to some of the best cloners of the Galaxy after all.
Jedi News is reporting the rumor and after they stated what their un-named source said, they quickly threw in a grain of salt saying:
The specifics of the role are unclear, but it seems likely that McDiarmid will be returning to his signature role of Palpatine. Whether as the original or a clone of, we are yet to discern.
Remember, until confirmed by Lucasfilm this us just a rumour. They are the ONLY people who can confirm this rumour report, or any other.
What do you think? I’m thinking it could be the clone thing or perhaps just the Emperor’s Guard is going to do the Young Jedi books thing were they use computers to simulate the Emperor.
Why is Disney being so silent about what’s going on behind the scenes? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
The Galactic Empire has responded to the news that the White House denied a petition requesting the construction of a Death Star. Galactic spokesperson Governor Wilhuff Tarkin (Pictured below) quickly took to the Galactic Communications System to reiterate the Galactic Empire’s overwhelming firepower and dismiss any erroneous thoughts of weakness in the Death Star’s design and construction.
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The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcementby the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”
Representatives on behalf of the nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice, preferring instead to attribute the decision to fiscal responsibility. “The costs of construction they cited were ridiculously overestimated, though I suppose we must keep in mind that this miniscule planet does not have our massive means of production,” added Admiral Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet.
Emissaries of the Emperor also caution any seditious elements within the Galactic Senate not to believe Earth’s exaggerated claims of there being a weakness in the Death Star design. “Any attacks made upon such a station — should one ever be built — would be a useless gesture,” added Motti.
Y’know, I don’t know why it took me this long to check out the newest trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars released this past weekend at Star Wars Celebration VI. Once I did, I knew I had to share it with you guys because damn, this show keeps getting better and better. I know I’ve talked at length about how The Clone Wars is some of the best Star Wars, well, since Star Wars and if you don’t watch it ’cause, “Ugh. I don’t watch cartoons made for kids,” I say to you, get over yourself.
Watch the Season 5 trailer below and just try and not get excited,
Darth Maul and Savage Oppress teaming up with the Mandalorian terrorist cell, Death Watch. That just reeks of bad news. I love the special squad of astromech droids being briefed for a special mission, and of course Artoo is there. Plus! Say hello to The Emperor, kickin’ ass with not one, but two lightsabers. AH! It’s so amazing!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns to Cartoon Network on September 29th, Saturday morning at 9:30am ET.
Ah yes, the ever in-production, beleaguered live-action Star Warstelevision series. Some days I wonder if that project will ever see the light of day, and one of those days, is today. Because if it were to happen, if the live-action series with 50+ hours of scripts chronicling events between Episode III and Episode IV were to happen it could include Ian McDiarmid reprising his role of the Emperor, if the show calls for it.
At this very moment McDiarmid is attending his very first Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, and when asked if he’d play Emperor Palpatine again responded,
It would be nice if one day they would be followed up…who knows? Who knows if Palpatine would be in it? It could be like A New Hope. There could be a terrific representative — and by god, Peter Cushing was a terrific actor — doing the emperor’s bidding. If he happened to pop up in the script I would hate if it was to go live and someone else were to be in it.
If there was a reason to jump start this live-action Star Wars series, there it is! Who wouldn’t want McDiarmid delivering more of Palpatine’s UNLIMITED POWER!? Sure, sure, they keep claiming current technology just isn’t up to snuff to bring their series to life – something I find very hard to believe – but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t work on a Palpatine prequel. Maybe. Oh come on, PLEASE.
What say you? How badly would you like to see McDiarmid reprise his role as the most sinister of Sith?