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Rumor: Emperor Palpatine Will Return As A Ghost In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 14, 2013 at 3:07PM

Last weekend was D23, Disney's annual celebration of itself and their movies, and when it ended without any word regarding "Star Wars: Episode 7," some corners of the Internet were positively hurt and angry. A sense of entitlement reigned from some fans who saw it as a some kind of colossal blunder on Disney's part not to throw some scrap of information about the sequel to the diehard faithful. While the discussion about fans demanding everything right away is best saved for another day, here's a new rumor they can take to the message boards tonight.
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Ian McDiarmid Star Wars

Last weekend was D23, Disney's annual celebration of itself and their movies, and when it ended without any word regarding "Star Wars: Episode 7," some corners of the Internet were positively hurt and angry. A sense of entitlement reigned from some fans who saw it as a some kind of colossal blunder on Disney's part not to throw some scrap of information about the sequel to the diehard faithful. While the discussion about fans demanding everything right away is best saved for another day, here's a new rumor they can take to the message boards tonight.

According to Latino Review, Ian McDiarmid is slated to return (kind of, sorta) as Emperor/Senator Palpatine in the J.J. Abrams-directed follow-up. Again, this is just a rumor but the theory goes that he won't be a human or a clone, but he'll return "as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)" This is so exciting, we might just wet our Underoos. Anyway, it's worth remembering that the script by Michael Arndt isn't taking any cues from the numerous books or comics, so your guess is as good as ours as to what this all means.

Anyway, debate amongst yourselves. Is this just one step toward getting the whole gang back together? Does this mean the return of Darth Maul? Let us know what you think below.


This article is related to: Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, Ian McDiarmid, Star Wars


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