Ian McDiarmid Officially Confirms Palpatine Return in Upcoming Star Wars Show

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There's no denying that Emperor Palpatine is one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars lore and the role was played to perfection by Ian McDiarmid. The 77-year-old Scottish actor last made his appearance as Darth Sidious in The Rise of Skywalker and fans have been clamoring to see more of him.

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Well, it turns out that McDiarmid is in fact gearing up for Palpatine's return to the galaxy far, far away. Appearing as a special guest at the IC Collectors Convention in Nashville (via Bespin Bulletin) over the weekend, McDiarmid pretty much confirmed that the Sith Lord's presence will be felt in an upcoming Star Wars show.

The actor didn't go into detail regarding his return but assured fans that it's actually happening. He said: "There’s a certain show coming soon set right around the time I may have been considered to be very active. Whether or not you’ll see my physical body I cannot comment on, but you will certainly feel my presence."

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It would be a no-brainer for Palpatine to show up in the forthcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series considering he serves as Darth Vader's mentor throughout the original trilogy but there's also a good chance that the devious ruler of the Galactic Empire will also turn up in the standalone Andor show which takes place years before the Death Star was established. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will begin streaming on May 27th, exclusively on Disney+.