A new extended clip promoting Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker implies that Emperor Palpatine (the Empire is no more, but we know a Sith-y guy like Sheev would insist on keeping the title after its fall) was not only behind the fall of the Republic in the prequel trilogy and the implementation and use of two Death Stars in the original trilogy, but that he might have been the big bad of the sequel trilogy all along.
In the clip, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is seen stomping into the Emperor’s (Ian McDiarmid) massive fortress to the haunting music of John Williams’ Emperor’s Throne Room theme from Return of the Jedi only to hear a trio of voices in his head, that of the Emperor, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Darth Vader (James Earl Jones). The Emperor boasts to Kylo Ren that he has been “every voice you have ever heard inside your head,” implying that Snoke was merely the Emperor’s puppet and that perhaps even Ben Solo’s worship of his grandfather has somehow been manipulated by Palpatine.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written (with Chris Terrio) and directed by J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd and Joonas Suotamo reprise their roles from The Last Jedi, joining series veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid and Carrie Fisher. Joining the cast are Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20th.
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