James Dyer, Editor-In-Chief (Digital) for Empire Magazine has confirmed that JJ Abrams has confirmed that Palpatine will be in The Rise of Skywalker.
In case there’s any lingering ambiguity from the trailer (and McDiarmid’s appearance at the panel!), I can 100% confirm that Palpatine is back in The Rise Of Skywalker as I just asked JJ. He’s thrilled – and slightly incredulous- that McDiarmid’s presence on set didn’t leak. pic.twitter.com/qDzPQagXSW
— James Dyer (@jamescdyer) April 12, 2019
However, Ian McDiarmid has now confirmed that his laugh from the trailer was recycled from an earlier Star Wars movie, or something. The laugh came, “Probably from one of the old movies or in a digital vault or maybe George’s iPhone, I don’t know.” McDiarmid said in a recent interview.
It will be interesting to see how much of a role Palpatine plays in Rise of Skywalker. Does he not laugh in it? Why not, he loves a good chuckle? I guess we will have to wait until December to find out…
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