Undoubtedly, the biggest talking point of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker new trailer was that maniacal laugh at the end.
With that chortle, it was confirmed Emperor Palpatine would return in the next movie, much to everyone’s shock.
However, it turns out the laugh we heard was actually an old recording of star Ian McDiarmid, rather than a preview of what’s to come.
“That particular laugh was not specially recorded,” the actor confirmed at Star Wars Celebration. “They found it somewhere, probably from one of the old movies or in a digital vault, or maybe George [Lucas]’s iPhone, I don’t know.”
McDiarmid also revealed he was rather in the dark about the trailer (like all of us), with the actor admitting even he didn’t know the title before it debuted.
“What I liked about it though, that’s why I think it is a real tease,” he continued. “The new title, The Rise Of Skywalker is wonderful. And then from the past, maybe from hell, a laughter comes which sort of implies, ‘Yeah, right.’ In other words, ‘Skywalkers, rising? I don’t think so!'”
While the decision to bring Palpatine back was a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one, it turns out that the creators had always planned for the return of the villain.
“This has been in the blueprint for a long time. Yeah, we had not landed on exactly how we might do that, but yes, it’s always [been in the works],” producer Kathleen Kennedy said.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on Thursday, December 19 in the UK and Friday, December 20 in the US.