Ian McDiarmid Returns as Emperor Palpatine in New ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Trailer

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Earlier today Disney blessed us with brand new trailer for the Mid-Season return of the final season of ‘Star Wars Rebels’.  The trailer features footage from the previous four season of ‘Rebels’… showcasing the journey of Jedi-in-training, Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray). Bridger’s Jedi master, Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) sports a new hair cut in his attempt to rescue captured pilot Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall), all while accompanied by the rest of the Ghost’s crew… Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar), Zeb (Steve Blum), Rex (Dee Bradley Baker), and Chopper.

While appearances from fan favorite’s Yoda and Thrawn highlight trailers in the past, this trailer is overshadowed by the dark shroud of the empire himself… Emperor Sheev Palpatine. This isn’t just any Palpatine, however. Entertainment Weekly has revealed that actor Ian McDiarmid will be voicing the lord of the Sith in the back half of the season.  For those of you who don’t know, McDiarmid originally portrayed the character in ‘Return of the Jedi’ (1983) and returned to the part in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ (1999) as well as follow-ups… ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’ (2002) and ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’ (2005).  Traditionally, voice actor Sam Witwer had lended his talents to the roll in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’  as well as the second season of ‘Rebels’.

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Sean Steele

Modern media jack of all trades... I've been an active patron of nerd and film culture for a number of years. I grew up in Minnesota/Wisconsin but reside in Nashville, TV. I have been Vice President and Managing Editor of FandomWire since its inception in late 2017.