Just yesterday Mr. Ian McDiarmid appeared at the London Film and Comic Con. He spoke at length about his acting career, including his current roles, and whether or not he will be returning for Episode VII. Find out what he said, after the hyperspace jump. Almost one year ago Latino Review reported an Episode VII rumor that sent tremors in the Force, er, wait, the internet when they reported that their mysterious “source” gave them some inside info. It sent shockwaves throughout the fanboy & fangirl community. Heated debates were had. The internet was in an uproar. The info was that Ian McDiarmid was signed-on to play Palpatine once more! Here’s what they said:
“Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.) Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form.”
So, is this truly possible? I thought they weren’t using EU? Does Palpatine come back as a Sith Spectre? Has Ian McDiarmid signed-on to be in Episode VII?
During his conversation at the LF&CC McDiarmid also answered some questions from the audience. In one particular question McDiarmid directly addresses Star Wars: Episode VII. The audio is not the greatest so it’s difficult at times to make-out what is being said, exactly, but here is what I discerned. The Question of importance begins at 29:38:
Q- “How much would you like to return to the world of Star Wars? If you could, if you did, what would you like to do in that world again?
Ian McDiarmid – “As you know they’re filming Episode Seven . . . I’m not in that […] I’m not being coy. I’m definitely not in that. As you know he’s dead, right then. I know that we believe in reincarnation and holograms and all the rest of it.”
McDiarmid immediately goes into whether or not there will be a Palpatine spinoff:
Ian McDiarmid – “But you know they’re going to take many twists on the story as the years go on, both spinoffs and new. And I guess they may go back to a time — and I’ve got no clues, I’m just speaking off the top of my head — when the Emperor ran the universe. I don’t want anyone else to play him, do I? So, um, it might happen. But I’m not being coy. I’ve got no more idea than you do.”
Moderator – “The answer is ‘Yes, you’d be up for it?'”
Ian McDiarmid – “Of course!”
So there you have it, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, we get solid confirmation that the Latino Review “Sith Spectre – Force Ghosts – Red Hologram” rumors are bogus. Ian McDiarmid is NOT returning for Star Wars: Episode VII, but is definitely open to returning for a potential spinoff. Just to be fair and balanced, it bears mentioning that “Official Denials” have occurred before. Also, it seems likely that McDiarmid would reprise his role if it were somehow logical for him to do so, as he mentioned, barring reincarnation or holograms. Ian McDiarmid has been one of the great Star Wars actors when it comes to making appearances and dealing with the fans. In this interview he seemed completely open and honest about his career and potential for ever playing Palpatine again. So, either way, we fans of course would be thrilled and lucky to have him back whether it’s in Episode VII or a spinoff. Never say never!