/ian-mcdiarmid-will-return-as-emperor-palpatine-in-star-wars-episode-vii/Earlier in the week, it was rumored that Ian McDiarmid would be returning as the evil Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII, with speculation pointing towards his resurrection as a clone, as it is currently part of the cannon addressed in the comic books.
Today, a new rumor claims that Ian McDiarmid is definitely returning, but his Palpatine won't be a clone. Instead, he will be a Force Ghost, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
"Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost, like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)
Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form."
The story goes on to claim (Major Spoiler!) that Emperor Palpatine had a new apprentice before he was killed by Darth Vader at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
None of Star Wars: Episode VII will be based on an existing comic book or novel already in the cannon. What has not been revealed is why Ian McDiarmid will play Palpatine as an old man Force Ghost, since we know that Anakin Skywalker returned as a young ghost in the revamped edition of Jedi. Because its scarier, perhaps? More motivating to the apprentice?
This also begs the question, who was Palpatine's apprentice? It had to be someone that was alive during the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi...Or was it? Is it possible that Leia was pregnant with Han's baby, and the Emperor had control of it in the womb? Go back, watch the movie, and let us know what you think...Was Leia with child during the Battle for the Moon of Endor?