Star Wars fans are already familiar with the fact that there will be many more familiar faces in the forthcoming Star Wars shows. But which show will be featuring the most sinister villain in the franchise? Veteran actor Ian McDiarmid has recently teased that Emperor Palpatine is all set for a much-awaited comeback in one of the Disney+ shows very soon!
Ian McDiarmid had previously appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where we came to know that Palpatine has been the actual villain all this while. The movie came to an end with the character’s death, which should actually leave out any possibilities of his possible return. However, this hasn’t stopped Ian McDiarmid from teasing cameos from Palpatine in the future.
Ian McDiarmid Teases An Emperor Palpatine Return
McDiarmid had recently attended the Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention where he opened up about how Palpatine could return in one of the upcoming Star Wars series on Disney+.
“There’s a certain show coming soon set right around the time I may have considered to be very active,” McDiarmid said. The actor then went on to tease that it might not be a very big cameo from his character.
“Whether or not you will see my physical body, I cannot comment on. But you will certainly feel my presence,” McDiarmid added.
Which Show Is McDiarmid Referring To?
At the moment, McDiarmid is very likely referring to the upcoming Disney+ series, titled Obi-Wan Kenobi, although chances are that he could also be referring to the forthcoming Rogue One prequel show, Andor. While what McDiarmid has revealed hints that his character may not appear physically, it seems like he might be involved in Star Wars‘ future. There are many ways Palpatine could factor into Obi-Wan Kenobi or Andor, for instance, a voice cameo by Ian McDiarmid or a semi-physical appearance via a hologram or even a surprise physical cameo.
McDiarmid has previously teased the idea of Palpatine’s comeback in Obi-Wan Kenobi. “I think I have to accept that, thanks to my ungrateful granddaughter, my annihilation was finally final,” the actor told Metro earlier this year, referring to the events of the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. “[But] of course [Darth] Vader is back in the new [Obi-Wan Kenobi] television series, so I suppose it’s not impossible that one day his mentor might be discovered once again skulking in the shadows.”
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere on May 27, 2022, only on Disney+ while Andor does not have an official release date yet. Stay tuned for more updates.