Ian McDiarmid has revealed that he is not involved in Rogue One, suggesting that the Emperor will not be seen in this Star Wars movie....
Ian made the announcement during an interview at Amsterdam's Comic Con, you can see that clip below.
The news that Palpatine will not appear in Rogue One is not all together surprising. We know that during the events of Rogue One Palpatine was presiding over an Imperial Senate, and that the Emperor was isolating himself more and more, and this would be in keeping with the character's "appearance" in A New Hope, which is to say he had a brief mention by Tarkin and that was that. So hearing a reference to the Emperor in dialogue and not seeing him, would seem about right,
By the time we get to A new Hope the Emperor has decided to dissolve the Imperial Senate and consolidate his power. One wonders now if the events of Rogue One have something to do with that decision. Does the perceived betrayal of Senate members Mon Mothma and Bail Organa's force the Emperor's hand, leading to the council's dissolution?
I know many people would prefer the politics of Star Wars be left in the prequels, but I suspect there will be some in play in Rogue One, even if its simply subtextual.
What do you think of the news that Ian McDiarmid and by extension Palpatine will be absent from Rogue One? Will we get a nod at some Star Wars politics in the new movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments below....
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