After the bust of a completely unrevealing disappointment that was the non-announcement for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens at the D23 Expo, there's a fresh batch of casting gossip making the Internet rounds.
It appears like Scottish actor has expressed an interest in reprising his role - spanning five of the six existing movies - as Senator/ Supreme Chancellor/ Emperor Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious. According to JediNews, he is expected to portray the skin-fissured Emperor in Ep. VII. The question remains as to how the writers want to present the deceased Sith Lord's resuscitation (spoiler alert: he plunged to his death in Return of the Jedi), although there have been some suggestions that he could come back as a clone. In any case, again, all this is pure speculation; as of yet there have been no official confirmations for any of these two casting candidates.
The second Star Wars veteran with desires to return to the Lucasverse for this third generation of trilogies is, fittingly, the actor who played Palpatine's creepy apprentice Darth Maul in Phantom Menace: . The Glaswegian martial arts expert has confessed he would embrace the chance to play the laconic horned Dathomirian Zabrak again:
I've said that I would play anything to do with Star Wars, but really, deep down, I would love to come back as Darth Maul — that's what I want to do. I would go crazy, go mental, lock myself in a cabin, you know. Do the whole 'method' for two or three months, spear-fishing and stuff, just to play the character again.
After the big slice he took to his midsection in Episode I, one would think Darth Maul's reappearance would be even harder to justify. But TV Series The Clone Wars already took care of that: Maul was apparently able to miraculously survive through his intense rage. What do you think: would that double-bladed saberstaff be a good addition to the movie, or is the memory of Episode I still too painful for some of you, preferring that nothing remind you of Menace and ruin your expectations? (Although he was awesome at lightsaber dueling). Do you enjoy the idea of Palpatine being the main villain again or are you craving something new? Let us know in the comments!
Star Wars: Episode VII (subtitle tba) is scheduled for a May 2015 release.