Palpatine actor thinks the Emperor 'does have a future' in Star Wars

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Mar 28, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT (Updated)

Will the Emperor come back from the dead for Disney's Star Wars?

Probably not, but Ian McDiarmid -- who played Palpatine in both Star Wars trilogies, first as an evil emperor and then as a seemingly virtuous senator-turned-chancellor and then as an evil emperor again -- still thinks there are ways to explore the character more, even if he never does come back from the nasty fall he took at the end of Return of the Jedi.

“Yes, I’m sort of interested in any future development he might have,” McDiarmid said. “Unfortunately, as you probably know, he died at the end of Episode VI, Vader sent him to cosmic hell so he’s not going to feature in any of the new Disney ones, I don’t think."

But that doesn't mean the character's past couldn't be explored further, and McDiarmid seems to have thought about that a good bit recently.

“On the other hand they’ve got lots of exciting ideas for spin-offs about separate characters and so on, and then there is the television series which George has talked about and decided to make into being for a number of years, and that takes place between Episodes III and IV when the Emperor is very much alive. So I think he probably does have a future."

Readers of books and comics in the Star Wars expanded universe will know that Palpatine's story is getting bigger all the time, and he's even come back from the dead at least once. McDiarmid said he hasn't followed every detail of the character's life over the years because he's been busy having an acting career, but he certainly seems hopeful that the franchise will find a way to bring him back one more time. 

What do you think? Does Palpatine deserve another go-round the Star Wars universe on the big or small screen?

(Via Sci Fi Now)

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