‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’: First Official Image Of Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine Revealed

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Disney has released the first official image of Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Now Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been in theatres for just over a month, we’re starting to see more official stills from the final film in the Skywalker saga. Most recently, the Star Wars website revealed a new The Rise of Skywalker image of Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine, who returned to the role for the first time in fourteen years. In the image, Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine is seated on his throne that also holds his life support.

You can check out the image of Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below.

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The image of Palpatine was added to the Star Wars databank which has a bevy of information on planets, vehicles and characters. In the updated Emperor Palpatine column, the site mentions how Ian McDiarmid’s return to the character was first teased through a transmission.

Ian McDiarmid’s return as Emperor Palpatine was met with mixed reception from fans and critics. Many praised how Palpatine’s inclusion bridged Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with the original and prequel trilogies, while others found Ian McDiarmid’s return to be a cheap ploy at mining nostalgia. Regardless, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has broken through the billion dollar barrier, despite being the lowest-rated film in the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Here is the official 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. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Ian McDiarmid and the future of the Star Wars franchise.

Source: Star Wars