Ian McDiarmid To Return In Star Wars Episode 7 As Emperor Palpatine?

Emperor Palpatine is rumoured to be making a comeback in Star Wars Episode 7, fans will be happy to hear.

Ian McDiarmid is reportedly set to return with his role as Palpatine in the upcoming movie, Jedi News reports, despite the actor previously seeming unsure as to whether or not he would be back.

The site states: “An unnamed source has informed us that Ian McDiarmid is set to return to the galaxy far, far away for a part in Episode 7.”

They continued: “The specifics of the role are unclear, but it seems likely that McDiarmid will be returning to his signature role of Palpatine,” adding: “Whether as the original [Palpatine] or a clone of, we are yet to discern.”

McDiarmid previously told USA Today that he didn’t think his character would be back in the new films.

Speaking about his death in Return of the Jedi after Darth Vader threw him into the Death Star’s reactor shaft, he told the website: “I remember it well because it took about a week to get me down that chute with the wires and flying.

“I remember saying, ‘Is he dead, George [Lucas]?’ at the time, and he said, ‘Yes, he is. Absolutely dead.'”

He added: “I guess that means he can’t survive and do Episode 7, unless of course he’d been clever enough to clone himself. He’s certainly clever enough, but I don’t know if he had that idea or not.”

Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled for release in 2015.

Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine (Photo: WENN)

Meanwhile, fans of the franchise were left disappointed at Disney’s D23 live-action presentation over the weekend after no new news was announced about the upcoming movie.

The company did not reveal any footage, casting announcements or clues at last month’s Comic-Con either, but fans hoped this time round it would be different.

Company president Bob Iger told the audience, “Now we’re just as excited as you are about Star Wars: Episode VII. In fact, we’re speechless. At least we’re going to be somewhat speechless at this Expo because we aren’t ready to share some of the details with you just yet.”

“But trust me, it’s going to be fantastic,” Iger added, according to The Verge. “Come on, Star Wars and Disney together. How could it not be fantastic?”