It seems like every week there’s a new rumor regarding the casting or plot of the new installment of the Star Wars saga. This week’s rumor is actually slightly more plausible than the others.
Jedi News is proclaiming that actor Ian McDiarmid will reprise his iconic role of Emperor Palpatine in Episode VII.
Their report states:
“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. “
For those not in the know the Emperor returns to menace the New Republic as a clone in the Expanded Universe novels. I’m really hoping that they utilize McDiarmid in flashback sequences. Like maybe him giving instructions or tutelage to one Mara Jade? That’s what I’m really hoping for. I’d love for Abrams and crew to introduce Mara as Luke’s wife and then later down the road produce a spin off film about her solo adventures during the rebellion.
Until then check out this awesome Mara Jade fan film.