Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in just a week, bringing the end of both Disney’s modern sequel trilogy and the overarching episodic Skywalker Saga.
But if you can’t wait that long, Disney has released a clip from the new film that reveals an extremely unexpected actor returning to the franchise, reported The Verge.
Specifically, famous evil villain Darth Vader — or more accurately, the voice of Darth Vader, which is presumably reprised by James Earl Jones. It’s unlikely that the black-suited character will be returning for Rise of Skywalker, given that when he was last seen in Return of the Jedi, he was extremely dead.
Rather, it appears to be Sith lord Emperor Palpatine — who, at least according to the various trailers, will be returning in some fashion in Rise of Skywalker, despite also dying at the end of Return of the Jedi — taunting Kylo Ren using his own voice, that of the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, and Vader.
“I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head,” the trio of Sith voices claims, as John Williams’ Palpatine theme swells in the background.
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The scene implies that Palpatine may have been behind the strings of the presumed villain of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Although without more context , like the rest of the film, it’s hard to tell what exactly is going on.
Still, if nothing else, it shows that The Rise of Skywalker is ready to leave no stone unturned in its efforts to bring the current era of the Star Wars saga to a close. The audience is sure find out just how well it succeeds when the highly-anticipated blockbuster comes out on December 20th.
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