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Actor Macdiarmid poses for photographers at the UK premiere of the Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith in London. Actor Ian Macdiarmid, who plays Chancellor Palpatine, gestures as he arrives for the UK premiere of the Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith in London's Leicester Square May 16, 2005. Reuters/Kieran Doherty

The Emperor will reportedly be back in “Star Wars Rebels” season 4. As a farewell treat to the fans, the producers may also have a special surprise related to this character. Palpatine has not been seen on the show so far, but the fans did get to hear his voice in one of the episodes.

Sam Witwer lent his voice to the character Palpatine. Although the viewers did not get to see the Emperor, they heard him interact with Darth Vader (Voice by James Earl Jones) via hologram in the premiere episode of season 2. A report by Star Wars News Net now claims that a source in the voice recording business has revealed that Ian McDiarmid recorded his lines for the character almost six months ago.

McDiarmid played the role of the Emperor in the movies, so it will be interesting to see the actor reprise his role in the animation series for the very first time. The report does not reveal how big a role Palpatine will play in “Star Wars Rebels” season 4. Since this is the last time the animation series will air, the character may finally be seen, rather than just being heard like last time.

Another interesting addition this time around to the animation series is Warwick Davis, who has also been a big part of the movies of the franchise. The actor will be playing the role of a new character called Rukh. Details about this new character, and his allegiance have not been revealed. In the movies, the actor has always played characters that are either neutral or have sided with the Rebellion.

“Star Wars Rebels” season 4 is set to premiere sometime this year. Disney is yet to announce an exact release date. The first episode is expected to focus on the Mandalorean storyline.

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