If you were wondering how closely 'Star Wars: Episode 7' would be tied to the previous films in the franchise, the answer is it's looking very much like "at the hip." We've just learned that the evil Emperor Palpatine would be making a return in J.J. Abrams' long-awaited sequel, and now it looks like another supposedly dead character is set to show up. After all, it really wouldn't be a 'Star Wars' movie without some kind of appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi, right?

According to Latino Review, Ewan McGregor's beloved Jedi master will play a role in the highly anticipated film despite the fact that he was struck down by Darth Vader all the way back in the original 'Star Wars.' Of course, he was played by the legendary Alec Guinness back then, and the character managed to appear in both 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' as a Force ghost, guiding Luke Skywalker from beyond the grave. We can safely assume that this will be the case in 'Episode 7' with McGregor as well, making this the most Force ghost-heavy film in the series so far.

Of course, this news brings up all kinds of questions for 'Star Wars' fans. From a story standpoint, with whom will the ghostly Obi-Wan be communicating? It'll also definitely be a little weird if McGregor appears as his younger self in ghost form when he's previously appeared multiple times as an elderly one. It wouldn't surprise us if they cloaked McGregor in old-man makeup to help this timeline make a little more sense.

'Star Wars: Episode 7' is still set for 2015, but rumors suggest that the film may be delayed to 2016 or later. We'll keep you posted with the latest as we hear it.