Rumor of the Day: Look which Star Wars character is returning to be the REAL villain of Episode VII

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Dec 17, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

The Star Wars rumor mill is at it again, and we’ve got word that a certain big bad villain will be back for director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming new space epic trilogy.


Latino Review reports that two independent sources (so take this with a grain of salt) have written them to confirm that the big bad villain, the real puppet master of Star Wars: Episode VII and its following two sequels, will be none other than …




Emperor Palpatine! (Even though the upcoming flick's got more than enough villains to wreak havoc for our heroes already.)

But how is that possible? Isn’t Palpatine dead as a galactic doornail? Good question.

Officially, Palpatine died during the events of Return of the Jedi when his former apprentice, Darth Vader, threw him into the second Death Star’s reactor shaft in order to save his son, Luke Skywalker, an act that allowed him to reclaim his identity as Anakin Skywalker.

We also know that Lando Calrissian, in command of Han Solo’s beloved Millennium Falcon, blew up the Death Star right after that.

However, Latino Review posits the possibility that the dastardly evil Emperor didn’t actually perish as we all assumed, that if you throw someone down the tubes of a large space station it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll die (see: Luke surviving his fall in The Empire Strikes Back) and that Palpatine may have had time to escape before the Death Star was blown to smithereens.

Latino Review says (again, grain of salt) that their source is 100 percent sure the Emperor will indeed appear in the new Star Wars trilogy. They also report that Ian McDiarmid will not be back in the role, even though he did play the character in both previous trilogies. So does that mean we’ll get more of that pasty-faced, deeply lined old man we saw in Return of the Jedi? They wouldn't need McDiarmid for that. (Not that we're happy with that or anything.)

What do you guys think? Do you believe it's possible Emperor Palpatine could indeed be the big bad villain of the new Star Wars trilogy? Is the Dark Side of the Force strong enough for this one?

(via Latino Review)