A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sketch reveals an early design for Emperor Palpatine’s return.
Palpatine’s return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is one of the more controversial aspects in the film. The main reason is because Palpatine’s return after seemingly dying at the end of Return of the Jedi wasn’t explained at all in the film. However, The Rise of Skywalker novelization revealed that Palpatine was actually a clone along with Rey’s father.
The appearance of Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker was also hidden from the film’s marketing. In The Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine resembled his look from prequels, albeit not deformed to the extent that he was after his encounter with Mace Windu in Revenge of the Sith. Palpatine was also hooked up to a giant machine before his final from was restored by Rey and Ben Solo’s life force. Production designer Kevin Jenkins has now shared an early sketch of Palpatine’s return on Twitter that you can see below.
At the very beginning of production, I was on my own developing designs for Palpatine's return. Due to secrecy at the time and I was locked away in my own dark office, let out once a week to review designs with JJ. This pencil sketch is from the very first batch #StarWars pic.twitter.com/dJ9ivslM6D
— kevin jenkins (@kev_jenkins) June 14, 2020
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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. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding Star Wars and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!