Updated: Apr 13, 2019
Will we see the return of Darth Sidious in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? At the end of the newly released trailer we can clearly hear the laugh of the Emperor Palpatine to the delight of fans everywhere. The actor of Palpatine, Ian McDiarmid may have also given us a clue in a recent tweet where he tweeted “The dark side is stronger then ever."
This could be Ian just doing his part to promote the franchise or it may be him hinting at his return to his iconic role as the Sith Lord. Prior to the Disney’s acquisition of Lucusfilm the majority of the Star Wars story was continued in comic books and novels. In the comic book series Dark Empire, Emperor Palpatine was resurrected in a clone body, he then goes on to turn Luke Skywalker to the dark side and plots to retake the galaxy. With the purchase of Lucusfilm by Disney, Disney opted to not make the continued stories canon thus making the books and comics irrelevant to the direction Disney wanted to take the franchise. Disney however can pull elements from these non canon stories to inspire current and future works. The return of Sidious very well may redeem this current trilogy in the eyes of more hard core fans who have been critical of the direction of the current trilogy. Hopefully more will be released to let us know if this is indeed the return of the Emperor. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released December 20, 2019.