Well, it looks like old Emperor Palpatine isn’t going to be the villain in the new Star Wars Episode… and this is straight from the Horse’s mouth. But he may be back… at some point.
Dark Horizons drew our attention to the video below which was filmed at the London Film and Comic-Con in which Palpatine himself, Ian McDiarmid, talks about his involvement, or lack of, in Episode VII: “I’m definitely not in it. As you know, he’s dead by then. I know, we believe in reincarnation, and holograms…”
However, he adds: “But you know, they are going to take many twists on the story as the years go on, and I guess they may go back to a time – I’ve got no clue, I’m speaking off the top of my head – when the Emperor ran the universe. And I don’t want anyone else to play him, do I?”
Wait, did he just hint that the period in which the Emperor ruled may be something that is explored later? Perhaps in the spin-offs? Will the Empire be thriving in the spin-off movies, with Palpatine in the background? Probably not… but still, let’s run with it!
The cast for Episode VII includes Pip Anderson, Crystal Clarke, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
Full interview below: