Ian McDiarmid


The cone of silence is still firmly in place in terms of official info about Star 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.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant


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.

Via: Blastr

Ah yes, the ever in-production, beleaguered live-action Star Wars television 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?

Source: Screen Rant