Rumour: Palpatine's appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII confirmed?

Sources say 'yay'

Just two days ago we reported that Ian McDiarmid could be returning to the Star Wars-verse as a cloned version of Emperor Palpatine inStar Wars: Episode VII.

In yet more exciting internet rumour-mongering, Latino Review has word from a source that Palpatine will definitely be making an appearance in J.J. Abrams' film - but not quite as expected.

While previous chat contemplated the possibility of the Emperor returning in Clone form, LR's source states:

Palpatine comes back as a Force Obi-Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)

Though that's yet to be confirmed by an official source (and probably won't be for a good long while), it certainly makes sense in the continuity of the franchise.

And who doesn't want to see the craggy old Emperor causing trouble again in that galaxy far, far away?

Jury's out on just how much mischief a Force Ghost could actually cause, of course. Expect him to taunt our hero from the sidelines about his unimpressive lightsaber...

Star Wars: Episode VII opens in cinemas in summer 2015.

The thought of more Palpatine giving you palpitations? Tell us below...


    • SiMan

      Aug 15th 2013, 12:55

      How can 'Palpatine's appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII confirmed' if it is only a rumour? Surely that means that is not confirmed?

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    • jukeboxjunkie

      Aug 15th 2013, 18:25

      SiMan.. Hence the question mark at the end. Do they not teach grammar in schools anymore?

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 15th 2013, 21:01

      Returning as a force ghost makes sense. I just hope J.J uses characters from the original trilogy as much as he used Leonard Nimoy in the Star Trek movies, anything more than that would be overkill IMO.

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    • BenTramer

      Aug 16th 2013, 12:43

      That would be a good title, Star Wars Episode VII: Ghost Force. Ties in nicely with The Phantom Menace and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol that Abrams produced..

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