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Could The ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action TV Series Feature The Emperor?

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The idea of a ‘Star Wars‘ live-action TV series has been floating through space for so long, it’s hard to imagine it could ever see the light of day.  Then again, just a few short years ago the idea of putting several superhero movie franchises into a single film helmed by Joss Whedon seemed equally ludicrous.  Still, if the ‘Star Wars’ TV series ever makes it to air, what are the odds certain film characters would be willing to reprise their roles?

With 50 scripts already in the can (allegedly), it’d seem an awful waste of the long-awaited ‘Star Wars’ live-action TV series never made it to air.  Even then, it remains to be seen how fans would react to a series set in between episodes III and IV, given the small amount of established characters to use, but what are the odds we might see some familiar faces?  Speaking to fans at Star Wars Celebration VI, series star Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) chimed in on his potential involvement with the series.

Per IGN, McDiarmid acknowledged that “it would be nice” to see certain unexplored aspects of Palpatine’s history fleshed out elsewhere, but didn’t expressly admit that his character could be a part of the new TV series.  “Who knows if Palpatine would be in it? It could be like A New Hope. There could be a terrific representative — and by god, Peter Cushing was a terrific actor — doing the Emperor’s bidding.”

However, McDiarmid did placate fans by expressing his admiration for playing the character, saying “If he happened to pop up in the script I would hate if it was to go live and someone else were to be in it.”

Well, there you have it.  ‘Star Wars: Underworld,’ as it’s been called, could certainly feature some of the film actors, if it ever sees the light of day.  Do you think there’s a chance, or do you trust in the force?  Let us know what you’d want to see in the comments below!

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