Star Wars’ Creator George Lucas Wouldn’t Have Brought Back Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine

Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid has revealed that Star Wars creator George Lucas had no intention of bringing the Emperor back.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been out for a little over a week and fans are still continuing to debate the creative decisions made by J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy with the most pivotal choice being the revival of Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine, who was was supposedly killed at the hands of Anakin Skywalker in Return of the Jedi. Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine was created by George Lucas to serve as the big heavy against Luke Skywalker.

When Palpatine’s return was first announced at Star Wars Celebration, fans were cautiously optimistic that Ian McDiarmid’s presence would invigorate the franchise once again after the side-step it took with The Last Jedi. Now that the film’s out, the reception towards Ian McDiarmid’s return has been mixed at best, with many Star Wars fans believing that Palpatine has no reason to be back, something that George Lucas similarly felt.

According to Ian McDiarmid, those batch of fans are right as Star Wars creator George Lucas had no intention of bringing Palpatine back to life. Speaking with Digital Spy at the U.K premiere of The Rise of Skywalker, Ian McDiarmid discussed how he was completely surprised when he was asked to reprise his role of Palpatine.

“I thought I was dead! I thought he was dead. Because when we did ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and I was thrown down that chute to Galactic Hell, he was dead. And I said, ‘Oh, does he come back?’ And [George Lucas] said, ‘No, he’s dead.’ So I just accepted that. But then, of course, I didn’t know I was going to be doing the prequels, so in a sense he wasn’t dead, because we went back to revisit him when he was a young man. But I was totally surprised by this.”

It’s quite damning to hear that George Lucas would not have brought back Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine should he have followed through on his sequel trilogy plans. George Lucas intended on making the Star Wars sequel trilogy himself but opted not to, instead giving Bob Iger and Kathleen Kennedy the drafts he had spruced up. George Lucas has been indifferent when it comes to his thoughts on the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and he appeared to be quite disappointed when the studio didn’t use his drafts. Now that we know that Ian McDiarmid has revealed that George Lucas wasn’t a fan of bringing Palpatine back to life, it can add more fuel to ever-expanding discourse.

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Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: 

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.

Source: Digital Spy 

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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