Star Wars 7 Bad Guy A Robot/Clone/Ghost Emperor Palpatine?

By Luca Saitta , Updated Aug 26, 2014 08:03 AM EDT

With classic heroes returning, will classic villains be far behind? Some internet scoopers seem to believe a return of Emperor Palpatine in the upcoming JJ Abrams episode is inevitable.

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Latino Review, the internet's most notorious movie scoop and spoiler site is pretty confident. "My source told me that The Emperor "100%" will appear in Star Wars Episode VII and VIII. Don't look for confirmations from this from Ian [McDiarmid], because he's not portraying the Emperor this time."

What could this mean? Since the abolition of the EU as canon a few months ago, everything's fair game. However, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy did state that they could cherry-pick whatever elements from the EU (now the non-canon Star Wars: Legends line of products) they desired. They still own it, it's still out there, so why not? It has happened before: the name of the Galactic Republic's capital Planet, "Coruscant", first appeared in Timothy Zahn's novel Heir to the Empire and was then adopted into the movies in 1999's The Phantom Menace.

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The most famous post-Jedi Emperor storyline is probably Dark Empire, in which it is revealed that Emperor Palpatine was so palpitating (sorry) with dark Force powers, his body was constantly ravaged by it. Because of this, he had a whole facility of fresh young clone bodies he transferred his mind into.

Alternately, his remains could (in a heck of a short space of time, I must add) have been whisked away by underlings and turned into a cyborg à la burned Anakin. He could simply be a Force Ghost like Obi-Wan in the old trilogy, but more like a devil on the shoulder of one of our living baddies. The latest edition of Return of the Jedi with Hayden Christensen as ghost Anakin showed us that you don't particularly have to look like what you died as, so they could still get someone other than McDiarmid to play that.

What do you think?

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