George Lucas told Ian McDiarmid that the emperor was dead after ROTJ
When J.J. Abrams announced the return of the evil emperor in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, many fans were taken back. After all, the Dark Lord of the Sith was thrown to his destination in Return of the Jedi – though, to be fair, he returned in the extended universe. Well, according to the man himself, actor Ian McDiarmid, who has played Palpatine in five films (including the prequels), Jedi was really the last evil man.
"I thought I was dead!" McDiarmid said Digital Spy in a recent video interview. "I thought he was dead. Because when we made the return of the Jedi, and I was thrown on that ramp to galactic hell, he was dead. And I said," Oh, he comes back? " George) said, “No, he's dead.” So, I just accepted it. But then, of course, I didn't know I would do the prequels, so in a sense, he wasn't dead because we revisited him when he was young. But I was totally surprised by that. "
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Cast members returning to The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy RidleyAdam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong & # 39; Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using unreleased scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, J.J. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin as executive producer. Composer John Williams, who has marked every chapter of the Star Wars saga since 1977, will return to a galaxy far away from Rise of Skywalker.
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