‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Considered Emperor Palpatine Dead For Good In Sequel Trilogy

Star Wars creator George Lucas planned to keep Iain McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine dead in his version of the sequel trilogy.

Scottish actor Iain McDiarmid, who is best known for playing Emperor Palpatine since 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, spoke with USA Today in 2013 and was asked about whether or not he’d be interested in working with J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the interview, McDiarmid mentioned that he had a conversation with George Lucas in which the Star Wars creator said that he considered Palpatine dead, hinting at his original plans for the sequel trilogy not to bring him back:

“I remember saying, ‘Is he dead, George?’ at the time, and he said, ‘Yes, he is. Absolutely dead.”

Based on these comments above, it appears that George Lucas’ initial plans for the sequel trilogy did not feature the return of Iain McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine. This is noteworthy given that Iain McDiarmid reprised his iconic role as Palpatine in the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 

George Lucas had outlines for the sequel trilogy, but Disney and Lucasfilm elected not to use them. Both J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson ended up creating films that deviated away from what George Lucas had previously envisioned in favor of newer stories and characters.

Do you prefer to have Palpatine remain dead throughout the Star Wars sequel trilogy rather than have the character appear in some form again in The Rise of Skywalker? Do you think his inclusion will add more significance to the sequel trilogy’s place in the Skywalker saga? Sound-off in the comments, and be sure to continue following us for all the latest news regarding George Lucas, Palpatine, the sequel trilogy and the rest of the Star Wars franchise.

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 opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.

Source: USA Today (via Cinema Blend)

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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