So Disney have been keeping very quiet on the subject of Star Wars Episode VII and they didn’t even really address it at the recent D23 event. These are the first rumors I’ve heard in a while and they’re so god awful I’m praying there isn’t more than a shred of truth to them.
It seems there is talk that Ian McDiarmid may appear in the next movie. Which leads to really wild speculating given that the Emperor was pretty clearly dead at the end of Return Of The Jedi.
One version of the rumor posits him returning as a clone. Please, please no more clones! While another version has him appearing in Jedi ghost form (or Sith ghost I guess) because the Emperor had another apprentice.