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PINCH OF SALT TIME: Is Matt Smith playing a major original trilogy character in Star Wars: episode IX?

November 6th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Ok gang, take this will a MAJOR handful of salt but Matt Smith’s role in Star Wars Episode IX may be a big one.

On the latest Weekly Planet podcast (below) the guy say that they have heard from a source close to the movie that Smith may be playing…. Emperor Palpatine as a young man.


Well, we did say to treat this as unlikely.

So how could this happen? Well, a most likely way would be to have a flashback scene focusing on a young Palpatine. However, we have also heard that Hayden Christensen may also be back as Vader/Anakin so perhaps we’ll see them together? As Sith ghosts or maybe in another way?

The guys speculate in the podcast that one way might be that Rebels introduced the concept of time travel in the Star Wars universe in the final season, and it actually featured Palaptine, so perhaps he’s a presence in the future timeline?

Honestly, we have out doubts, but remember too that in the original EU canon, Palpatine has clones of himself… could Abrams’ rumoured ‘course correction’ for the franchise see it going down this road?

Who knows – for the record, we’d see Smith as a young Snoke. But, hey, that ay be just us.

What do you all think?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….