J.J. Abrams Reveals Why Palpatine Had To Return For ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’

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JJ Abrams reveals why Palpatine had to return for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

When the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiered at Star Wars Celebration back in April, fans were stunned by the return of Palpatine. Many fans have been theorizing since the trailer how Palpatine could have survived his fall in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Some Star Wars have even criticized the decision by JJ Abrams because they feel in undermines Darth Vader’s redemption.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will have a lot of explaining to do regarding Palpatine’s return this December. In an interview with Empire Magazine (via Reddit), JJ Abrams addressed Palpatine’s return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. JJ Abrams shared why he thought it was necessary to bring Palpatine back as the Skywalker Saga comes to an end:

“Some people feel like we shouldn’t revisit the idea of Palpatine, and I completely understand that. But if you’re looking at the nine films as one story, I don’t know many books where the last few chapters have nothing to do with those that have come before. If you look at the first eight films, all the set-ups of what we’re doing in IX are there in plain view.”

Where do you stand on JJ Abrams bringing Palpatine back for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? How do you think Palpatine will look in the film? Who was Snoke? Comment below!

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 JJ 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. 

JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019.

Source: Empire (via Reddit)

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.