One of the main pinnacles in the entire Star Wars franchise is the Dark Lord of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine. With Rogue One on its way to theatres this winter, and a trailer scene that shows the Emperor’s Royal Guard, speculation began as to what Palpatines involvement could be in the franchise’s first anthology film.
Speaking to a reporter at Amsterdam Comic-Con last weekend, the actor who has played the iconic Palpatine all these years, Ian McDiarmid, stated that he has no involvement in the movie whatsoever:
“Rogue One’s on its way, when I was in charge of things – I mean the Emperor, not me. I am not featured in [the movie] myself, but I understand that Darth Vader may be making an appearance.”
There’s the highly unlikely chance that this was said to throw everyone off from a potential special appearance, but that can be considered a write off at this point. This film will focus solely on Darth Vader and other villains we haven’t seen before (ex. Director Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn) and new protagonists such as Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Though there could be nods to the character, that remains to be seen until the films release.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is heading toward a theatre near you this winter on December 14, 2016.
Source: Star Wars News Net