Ian McDiarmid Coming Back Started With An Email

Ian McDiarmid Coming Back Started With An Email From J.J. Abrams

In an interview recorded during the filming of The Rise of Skywalker, actor Ian McDiarmid reflected back on the idea of bringing back the Emperor started.

“It was a total surprise when about a year ago I had an email from J.J. saying, ‘Is there a good time to call you? And where should I call you?’” McDiarmid recalled. “So I emailed back and said, ‘Such and such time, and this is the best phone number to get me.’ And then he called me straight away and said, ‘We’re thinking of bringing back the Emperor. How do you feel?’ So I controlled myself and said, ‘Sounds like a great idea!’ And I realized my voice had shot up there, and I thought, ‘He won’t be able to cast me if I speak like that.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s wonderful.’”

McDiarmid continued, “And he said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about bringing him back, because it would be just great to round off those nine episodes sort of the way we began in terms of the Dark Side.’ And that’s where it started.”

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker opens December 20th.

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