Sure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be the first standalone film set in the galaxy far, far away, but that doesn't mean it's going to be a completely insulated affair. As the story of how the Rebellion obtained plans to the Death Star, the film is guaranteed to be chock full of cameos and references to other installments in the legendary franchise.

That being said, don't expect characters like Han Solo or Obi-Wan Kenobi to waltz into frame at any point. This isn't that type of movie. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of Star Wars characters that could realistically appear during the events of Rogue One. Some of these characters may not be the focal point of the franchise, but they're vital to the events of (and the events directly preceding) A New Hope. Now let's get started with one of the most iconic bad guys in the history of the Star Wars universe...

The Emperor

Technically Ian McDiarmid already came out and admitted that he will not appear in Rogue One as the dreaded Emperor Palpatine, but that does not inherently mean that the character won't make an appearance at some point. Rogue One takes place during the height of The Empire's power, and as such it would make plenty of sense for the face of the Imperial forces to pop up -- whether it be in person, as a hologram, or even as a work of art. The Empire very clearly operates under a very strict chain of command, and if Orson Krennic is taking orders from Darth Vader, then it's entirely plausible that we will see the man Vader takes orders from as well.

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