By: Dominic Jones
With appearances by classic characters such as Darth Vader, Mon Mothma, and Bail Organa confirmed for this Decembers' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there has been much speculation about what other iconic characters from the classic films might be showing up. One person who claims their character won't be back is, the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid. McDiarmid, who appears as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in every Star Wars film except A New Hope and The Force Awakens, was at Amsterdam Comic Con over the weekend and spoke with XGN about his feelings towards The Force Awakens and if he would be appearing in Rogue One. Check out the video below (McDiarmid begins speaking at 6:24 in the video),
Personally, I had been hoping for an appearance by McDiarmid as the Emperor, even if it was only a brief hologram. It would make sense that if the plans to his ultimate weapon went missing, he might get involved personally (in the film that will probably mean dispatching Vader, something that will likely happen off screen). That being said, with appearances from Vader, Bail, and Mon Mothma confirmed, and rumored appearances by Tarkin, Leia, and Boba Fett, it may be that the filmmakers don't want to rely to overdo the number of cameos from legacy characters. This is, after all, suppose to be the first film outside the main story.
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