Already in a recent interview, Ian McDiarmid had talked about the return of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, focusing on the email received from JJ Abrams, but now, to the Digital Spy microphones, the actor has said to himself ” initially very surprised “about the return of his Darth Sidious.
Confusion arose because Palpatine’s return was in stark contrast to what George Lucas had suggested years earlier. McDiarmid explains: ” I thought he was dead. I thought he was really dead, finished. I say so because when we finished filming The Return of the Jedi, after being thrown into Galactic Hell, I asked George Lucas ‘but will he come back?’, And his answer was ‘no, he’s dead’. I just accepted that fact. At the time I obviously didn’t know that George would then do the prequels, so in a way, he wasn’t exactly dead, because we went back to show it when he was still a senator, plus young and healthy. But when JJ Abrams called to ask me to come back, I was really surprised, this time. “
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker completes the long saga of the Skywalker family, paving the way for the franchise’s near future. For further information, we leave you to the review of Star Wars: The rise of Skywalker and to the special on the different visions of Star Wars.