Official Star Wars: Episode IX news might still be severely absent the past few weeks but the Star Wars fanbase is going wild today. Star Wars’ Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid is making his way back to Star Wars Celebration this year and everyone’s going wild, welcoming the surprise with open arms.
Taking to social media sites like Twitter, Star Wars fans have been celebrating McDiarmid’s return to Star Wars Celebration. Some have been sharing dancing GIFs, others have been posting memes taken from the prequel trilogy. Some even ask Lucasfilm to make more use of McDiarmid, saying that Star Wars ought to take advantage of his skills because he’s a great actor and have him in more movies.
Check out some of the tweets down here:
The senate has arrived pic.twitter.com/yFspRlpz3S— Brandon Wynn (@Wynnb15) February 11, 2019
IAN IS THE MAN!!!! Best movie villain of all time— Sports Bob (@SportManBob) February 11, 2019
Star Wars should take advantage of Ian Mcdiarmid is a great actor and use him in more movies.— Yago (@YagoRochaAlvz) February 11, 2019
Ironically, not many fans are wondering whether McDiarmid’s appearance in this year’s Star Wars Celebration might mean Palpatine’s return in Star Wars: Episode IX. For the past few months, there have been numerous reports of villainous cameos in the third and final sequel trilogy installment. Some reports say that Lucasfilm is planning to bring Vader back in Episode IX. Other reports say that it’s Emperor Palpatine.
Of course, fans have to be reminded that none of these rumors have actually been ever confirmed by Lucasfilm. We could probably even chalk these stories up to wishful thinking.
McDiarmid’s participation in this year’s Star Wars Celebration was announced on the Star Wars website earlier today along with other guests like Brian Herring, one half of BB-8’s puppeteering team.
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres December 20, 2019.