Ian McDiarmid still wants to portray Palpatine in future Star Wars films

Ian Mc Diarmid Palpatine Star Wars

Ian Mc Diarmid Palpatine Star Wars

Star Wars fans have received a heavy dose of Darth Vader within the newest content, but could his Master, Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, played by Ian McDiarmid, make his return to live-action or even in Star Wars Rebels Season 4?

"I suppose there must be a chance but I think you'd find out about it more quickly than I would", he told BBC News.

The anthology series is set to continue next year with the planned Han Solo spin-off movie, and it was previously reported that a movie centred around Obi-Wan Kenobi could also be in the works. As far as the new films are concerned, Im dead. In a new report on BBC News, McDiarmid, who is now appearing in What Shadows at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, spoke with BBC Scotland's Timeline programme about his future with the Star Wars franchise and the possibility of returning. There is no question about that.

While attending Star Wars Celebration, I was able to see McDiarmid on stage in a handful of venues, and I can tell you with confidence that he still has a heavy passion for Palpatine. Maybe they are keeping me as a surprise for later but I have no idea.

In order for McDiarmid to get fully into villain form, the preparation before filming each scene was grueling and very time-consuming. "Of course, I dont want anyone else to play him", McDiarmid said.

Meanwhile, the eighth instalment of the main series, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", is set to hit cinemas in December. In the comic series Legends released in 1991 and 1992 with the Dark Empire series of comic books written by Tom Veitch, the Emperor was resurrected as the Emperor Reborn or "Palpatine the Undying", processing the body of Jeng Droga, one of Palpatine's elite spies and assassins.

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