We’ve discussed this in months prior, when the latest leak from the good folks at LucasFilms identified Ian McDiarmid as part of the returning cast, but we’ve received another bit of confirmation today from a reliable source. MarketSaw, a particularly hideous site, but one that first announced that STAR WARS EPISODE 7 and the New Trilogy would soon release, have confirmed that the Emperor Palpatine actor will return.

Hopefully as a Force Ghost or in a flashback. I would be super SUPER pissed if director J. J. Abrams scooped the bottom of the barrel for story ideas, and utilized the Expanded Universe’s piss poor “Clone Emperor” villain in the New Trilogy. Clone Palpatine was an absolute joke (and abuse of Sci-Fi tropes) in the books and he’d be even more laughable in the new movies.

Hmmm, I’d be willing to bet that Emperor Palpatine serves as a malevolent spirit in this flick, much like the original rumor supposed. Like Obi-Wan in The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, he’d float around that Galaxy far, far away with bad intentions. Cuz he’s a bad dude.

emperor palpatine star wars episode 7This scoopster also reveals that the New Trilogy will focus on a set of twins, one who turns to evil and one who remains the ideal Jedi. Jacen and Jaina Solo? In the original tale of these two Skywalker heirs, an evil Sith Lord perverts Jacen, transforming him into Darth Caedus. In the cinematic version of this tale, could the wandering spirit of Emperor Palpatine mentor Jacen, instead?

I’m definitely, one hundred percent AGAINST this. I want to see a new story, with new villains. Not every single aspect of the Star Wars films must focus on the Skywalkers, their constant struggle to not murder innocent folks, and their eventual redemption.

Sweet Fanboy Jesus! If I controlled the Galactic Senate, I’d pass Order 67, aka “Kill all Skywalkers”. They can only terrorize the universe so much!

Jaina takes on Jacen

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  • Kondorr

    Yo, maaan, it was stated numerous times by GL himself that the numbered SW flicks are the tales of the Skywalkers… if you have enough of them, well there will be Skywalker-free spin-offs…

    • Unleash The Fanboy

      True, but I don’t want every main villain to be a Skywalker and the entire universe doesn’t ned to be jeopardized when a Skywalker is lured to the darkside

      • Kondorr

        As You wrote… been there, done that…
        I like the Palpatine evil force ghost thing… but I am not on board of having ANY Jedi go dark again… every medium in Star Wars almost always concentrates on Jedi Vs. Sith… it is as if there were no other problems to deal within this universe…

        But who else would Palpatine tempt if not the offspring of the human midichlorians?

        But ok… this is the numbered episodes… there needs to be Skywalkers and fallen Jedi…

        But I hope the Spin Offs are entirely Skywalker free and at some points also Jedi and Sith free…
        (Only exemption I would go for is an epic team up of true Mando’s with Sith like in the Tales of the Jedi and Knights of the Republic comics)

  • Matthew Milbrodt

    As much as I would like to see something DIRECTLY from an existing series (mainly NJO), if these rumors are true they could result in something good.
    Point 1: Jaina Solo had to kill her own brother in the novels. The final duel between Luke and Vader was a mostly sub-par emotional ride, the final duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin/Vader as was a bit more to my liking, but a fight to the death between brother and sister could be truly epic.
    Point 2: In the real old “Tales of the Jedi” comics (which they should have referenced heavily in TPM because it’s so freaking awesome), the ancient Sith lords could rise from the dead as spirits to impart their wisdom on someone worthy of inheriting their title, and do worse things to others as well. Having Palpatine be able to do what the Sith of ancient times were able to do sounds fine with me.
    Point 3: What Kondorr said about Star Wars (specifically, the Star Wars movies) being the story of the Skywalker family is accurate. I would hate to see the combination of random non-Skywalker Jedi versus random non-Skywalker Sith.

  • LovesTheEmperor

    Palpatine was always “Ready” for the worst and planned ahead. He was a strategist. I kind of thought the idea of him having some fail safe if Luke managed to destroy him and vader (as he had forseen and told vader) was absolutely plausible in the sense of a clone or something. Come on we are talking about the guy who planned an entire galactic war and take over, and was 100 steps ahead at every turn. Perhaps make a clone in frozen stasis that jedi and sith have heard rumors of but never managed to find to leave the door open to this possibility. A spiritual emperor is ok, but if this spiritual emperor is able to become part of, or intensely guide a sith….well all of us who are the dark side / sith lovers of the trilogy will be very pleased with that kind of out come. Please please please no more Jedi turned sith, give us a sith born in a cloning tube with medichlorines from palpatine, yoda, and vader or something like that. Chavez who said having the emperor return as a clone emperor is just stupid clearly hasn’t examined the angle that a large margin of the star wars fans aren’t rooting for the jedis and the good guys, a ton of the viewers watch the episodes to see our dark side hero’s, even if not all admit to it…don’t take that away from us with cheeky jedi’s turned bad, give us authentic darkside villans like the emperor if your not going to give us the emperor.

  • Markus Allen

    Originally (back when Lucas owned the rights to this story), it looked as if there would only be six films, the storyline looked to be subtitled “the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker”, and I don’t think Lucas considered the overall magnitude of how the back story- the Star Wars universe itself- would grow to become a character as well.
    The moment Sir Alec Guinness spoke this line- “For a THOUSAND GENERATIONS, the Jedi Knights have the guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy…”, Lucas created an entire ‘universe’ of characters, spanning thousands of years and generations. THIS is where stories seen in video games ‘Knights Of The Old Republic’ are seen, as well as the novels and comics (mostly from Dark Horse Comics) are supported by the fans, that they have been awarded several times over for the storylines created….some of those storyline concepts taken by Lucas himself.

    The story goes beyond one character, much less current characters read and seen. For now, it is set on the legacy of the Skywalkers. Star Wars (as well as Star Trek) is a HUGE story that can be utilized for a very long time, creating millions upon millions of stories, movies, TV shows and video games for the next several eons to come. As long as there are fans, there is money to be made from STAR WARS.