The Skywalker saga came to an end when Lucasfilm released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last year, and while fans expect the franchise to move forward, there's no reason why Star Wars shouldn't go back before the events of the prequel trilogy to look for stories.
According to Inverse, one of the stories that Lucasfilm might be interested in exploring is that of Shiv Palpatine – well, before he becomes a senator and eventually the ruler of the Empire. Sure, fans might know a lot about Palpatine's story in the original, prequel, and sequel trilogy, but what about the Sith Lord's life before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?
James Luceno's novel Darth Plagueis offers a lot of material for Lucasfilm to explore in a future film. Sheev is born into the House of Palpatine, his father Cosinga, a minor royal of Naboo. Despite being royalty, Cosinga never really sought out more power than he was given, something that frustrated his son who was more than ambitious than his father.
Sheev would often lash out at school and commit acts of rebelliousness, however, Cosinga would bribe whoever he had to make sure that his son would get off easy. This is something that Sheev takes to heart – something that explains the Emperor's entitlement in the prequels and in the original trilogy.
Of course, young Palpatine's life isn't just about trivial outbursts at school. Studying at Theed University in the capital of Naboo, Sheev meets Darth Plagues and agrees to be a spy within Naboo society.
There's a whole lot of killing and conniving in the book. At some point, young Palpatine even slaughters his own family.
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