The scene that Abrams is referring to is a pivotal moment in Episode III, as Palpatine, secretly Darth Sidious, attempts to lure Anakin to the Dark Side by recounting the legend of Darth Plagueis. He explains how the Sith Lord possessed the power to influence midichlorions to create life and prevent death. A short while later, Palpatine reveals his true identity to Anakin, who succumbs to temptation and becomes Darth Vader.Interestingly, Abrams has enlisted Ian McDiarmid to reprise his role as Emperor Palpatine in the final instalment of the Skywalker saga, sparking debate amongst fans over whether his apparent death and defeat could be part of a larger master plan that he implemented from the start.
Abrams recently opened up about his decision to bring back the iconic villain, claiming it would have been “weird” not to include him in Episode IX, saying, “You just look at what he talks about, who he is, how important he is, what the story is – strangely, his absence entirely from the third trilogy would be conspicuous.”
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