Opinion: Star Wars Episode VII: Who won’t be back?
Latest rumors indicate that Ian McDiarmid may be reprising his role as Emperor Palatine in Star Wars Episode VII.
Couple of problems here: the Empire has been overthrown, so he’s not Emperor any more. Also, Darth Vader *SPOILER ALERT* throws him down a Death Star shaft at the end of Return Of The Jedi, so he’s dead. And not ‘comic book’ dead, George Lucas told McDiarmid during filming he was ‘absolutely dead’.
In Star Wars canon, Palpatine cloned his ass off a load of times to ensure he could turn up in plenty of expanded universe novels, so that may be a possible plot route for him to return on screen.
Either way, the good news is the just-turned-69-year-old is very much alive and able to reprise his role alongside Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and the rest of the old crew, should their new Disney overlords permit it.
Sadly, these characters definitely won’t be coming back with their original actors…
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
Famous for: greatly underestimating their chances; breaking up bickering generals; being the only person (besides the Emperor) ballsy enough to tell Vader what to do
Died: on the first Death Star above Yavin IV, when he failed to evacuate in a poorly defined ‘moment of triumph’
Did you know? Tarkin personally congratulated valedictorian Han Solo when he graduated from the Imperial Academy
Played by: Peter Cushing (1913-1994)
Famous for: playing Dr Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who
Died: age 81, of prostate cancer
Did you know? he died on Ian McDiarmid’s 50th birthday