[Editor’s Update: I received an advanced copy of this book a few weeks ago and saw this name, however NDA’s prevented us from releasing this news previously, and it wasn’t until NYCC and a jerk online decided to leak it, that it’s become public knowledge. ]
He’s been called by many names; The Emperor, Darth Sidious, Senator Palpatine and Emperor Palpatine. But through it all, he’s had no first name. Not in any of the films, nor any of the other canonical multi-media adventures in the Star Wars Universe. That’s finally changed.
A name has been given to the sinister Sith in the upcoming, canonical book “Tarkin,” written by author James Luceno. (Evidently Grand Moff Tarkin, who was portrayed by Hammer Films horror movie legend Peter Cushing, is getting some love.) This news was revealed at NY Comic-con.
So, what is Palpatine’s first name? It’s Sheev! Sheev Plapatine. Will the name Sheev be mentioned in future films? Will Emperor Sheev Palpatine have any role at all in the renewed franchise? Will we see Ian McDiarmid, who played Palpatine in Return of the Jedi and the prequel trilogy? And will we ever get enough of Star Wars news, no matter how trivial? (The answer is ‘No’ to that one.)