Former Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director Colin Trevorrow reveals J.J. Abrams got here up with the thought to convey again Emperor Palpatine. Despite The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters in slightly below a month, many plot particulars are nonetheless scarce. Trailers have held only a few particulars about what to anticipate from the highly-anticipated movie, however the first trailer did characteristic one thrilling tidbit: Palpatine is again, in some way.
First showing in Return of the Jedi, Palpatine was Darth Vader’s grasp and shortly turned the franchise’s largest villain. He was killed by Vader in the identical movie, however he appeared in all three prequel movies, which depicted his rise to energy and his rising affect over Anakin Skywalker. Most followers accepted his dying and by no means questioned it, however the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker adjustments issues. Exactly how Palpatine will seem is unclear, whether or not he’s really alive or just a ghost, however actor Ian McDiarmid is returning for the movie.
Trevorrow was initially picked to write down and direct Episode 9, however was eliminated by Lucasfilm resulting from inventive variations. Abrams was introduced again on to fill his spot, however Trevorrow retains a narrative credit score resulting from parts of his preliminary draft getting used within the movie. Talking to Empire lately, Trevorrow shared his ideas on how he feels about a few of his concepts being stored within the movie, saying “It’s thrilling that followers will get to see the moments that felt important to all of us.” He additionally shed extra gentle on the choice to convey again Palpatine, explaining “Bringing again the Emperor was an concept JJ delivered to the desk when he got here on board. It’s actually one thing I by no means thought-about. I commend him for it. This was a troublesome story to unlock, and he discovered the important thing.”
These feedback do not fairly match up with earlier statements from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy about Palpatine’s return. Back in April, when Palpatine’s return was first confirmed, she mentioned there was all the time a plan to have him reappear, although they did not know the way. Trevorrow’s feedback, nonetheless, make it look like Abrams got here up with Palpatine’s return when he joined The Rise of Skywalker. Instead, it is potential he might have meant that Abrams urged it when he first joined the franchise for 2015’s The Force Awakens, which might assist Kennedy’s feedback that Palpatine’s return “has been within the blueprint for a very long time.”
Regardless of when the choice was made, Palpatine’s involvement in The Rise of Skywalker has excited followers and fueled quite a few theories about the way it’s potential. With Rey probably being swayed to the Dark Side and Kylo Ren taking up as Supreme Leader, there are many attention-grabbing roles Palpatine might play. Since that is the ultimate movie within the Skywalker Saga, it’s becoming that the franchise’s largest villain ought to make a reappearance, and so long as he truly makes an impression on the story, his return shall be value it. After months of hypothesis, followers’ questions shall be answered in only a few extra weeks.
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Key Release Dates
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) launch date: Dec 20, 2019