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How Emperor Palpatine Might Return In Star Wars: Episode VII

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A few days ago, rumors swirled around the Internet that Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid could return to that galaxy far, far away, in Star Wars: Episode VII. While it’s unclear whom McDiarmid would play in the new movie, it is believed that he would reprise his role as Emperor Palpatine from the original trilogy. If you remember, Palpatine dies at the end of Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader dumps him down a ventilation shaft. The latest speculation suggests that Palpatine could return to the Star Wars cinematic universe, but not as a clone, like he does in the Star Wars: Dark Empire trilogy.

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, McDiarmid would return to play the Emperor as a Force Ghost in the new movies, like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Master Yoda at the end of Return of the Jedi. The same Jedi technique that allows fallen Jedi Knights to return back to life, also happens to be the same one Sith Lords can use to return from beyond the grave.

The details continue with the revelation that Palpatine was secretly training a new Sith apprentice before he died. I thought there only could be two Sith Lords; one master and one apprentice. Force ghost Palpatine would finish his apprentice’s training in the Sith Arts from beyond the grave. Honestly, this sounds dumb.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: Could Emperor Palpatine Stage A Triumphant Return?

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palpatineExcitement and anticipation will always be high for any Star Wars project, and the upcoming Episode VII is no exception. Although it was disappointing that Lucasfilm didn’t release any new information about the film at Disney’s D23 Expo last weekend, that didn’t do anything to dampen fan enthusiasm for the franchise or brand. Lucasfilm still managed to tease a possible Star Wars theme park at Disneyland with the mysterious “Orange Harvest” crates. Secrecy is the order of the day, and almost every bit about Episode VII is still a mystery. The only thing we know for certain is that the new movie will be released sometime in 2015, though there are plenty of rumors floating around, including a new one about a potential recurring character.

According to Jedi News’ inside sources, a familiar face will return to that galaxy far, far away. Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid may appear in Episode VII. The 69-year-old actor is most known to Star Wars fans as Emperor Palpatine. This brings up the question of who he would play, should this rumor turn out to be true. You’ll remember that Palpatine dies at the end of Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader threw his wrinkled ass down a ventilation shaft. At least that’s the assumption, you might also remember that we don’t actually see him die. Curious.

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Don’t Expect Any Episode VII News From D23 This Weekend

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Mickey vs VaderLast month at San Diego Comic-Con, some of us were surprised that Disney didn’t feature Star Wars: Episode VII at any of their panels, booths, or show floor displays. The massive gathering seemed like a good place to reveal some news, but no dice. Considering that Lucasfilm is now part of the Disney Corporate umbrella, there were rumors and assumptions that Mickey and company would take advantage of their own fan celebration and showcase Episode VII at this year’s D23 Expo. Well, it seems like J.J. Abrams’ pension for secrecy has infected his new bosses, too.

According to HitFix, the House of Mouse will not unveil any Star Wars related news to hundreds of hopeful fans at D23 in Anaheim, California. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger shot down circling rumors, saying:

We’re speechless, at least we’re going to be somewhat speechless at this expo…Trust me. It’s going to be fantastic. Come on. Star Wars and Disney together. How could it not be fantastic?

That doesn’t mean that the franchise won’t have a presence at D23, quite the contrary. We’ve already seen some activity in that far, far away galaxy, with a few mysterious crates. Some think that the boxes are merely a Star Wars floor display, but others believe that they’re intended as a tease for the rumored Star Wars Land theme park addition to Disneyland.

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Star Wars “Orange Harvest” Crates Mysteriously Appear For D23

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If you’re not aware, this weekend is the much lauded third annual D23 expo, Disney’s biannual insular version of a comic con. This year’s event will have tons of promotional material for films like Muppets Most Wanted, Saving Mr. Banks and Thor: The Dark World, but we aren’t particularly interested in those films. A big shipment of crates arrived for the convention with a twist on a familiar phrase marked on their side. Thanks to Coming Soon, we’ve got a closer look at the shipments, and our interest is highly piqued.

Some of the boxes are marked “Orange Harvest,” and bear the same font as that of the Star Wars franchise. We know two things at this point. Star Wars and all of its future projects skipped the San Diego Comic Con this year in preparation for Disney’s big event, and “Orange Harvest” is a play on Blue Harvest, the secretive working title for Return of the Jedi back in 1982. The tagline “Speculation Beyond Imagination” is a riff on the Blue Harvest tag “Horror Beyond Imagination.” They go all out.

We all know that J.J. Abrams likes to keep his projects on the secretive side, but these crates are very on the nose and are obviously meant to be fun as well as promotional. Although maybe Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland also has a need for a big box of Bantha milk. But I doubt it.