The Clone Wars: Tim Curry is the new voice of Palpatine

TCW-520-PalpatineChancellor Palpatine returns to The Clone Wars in the final episode of the season with Tim Curry taking the role over after the passing of Ian Abercrombie. Bryan at Big Shiny Robot has the scoop on how Dave Filoni selected Tim Curry and has an exclusive preview clip that has Palpatine presiding over the trial of Ahsoka Tano, with Admiral Tarkin as prosecutor, and Padme as defense counsel. Apparently, there aren’t any trial lawyers in The Clone Wars.

Tim Curry is probably known best for his role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but has been doing a lot of voice work in the past twenty years, including on The Wild Thornberrys and Young Justice.

The info was first revealed at the Lucasfilm screening of the season five finale last Friday, but was one of those secrets asked to be kept. We’ll have more tidbits from the screening Q&A after ‘The Wrong Jedi’ airs on Saturday, wrapping up the finale story arc.

8 Replies to “The Clone Wars: Tim Curry is the new voice of Palpatine”

  1. I was not expecting this. (I find myself saying that a lot these days. It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan.)

  2. My pop culture world just collapsed a little bit more. :) I remember his voice work from the Peter Pan and the Pirates cartoon (early ’90s) and from Ferngully.

  3. Knew about this a few weeks back, think it’s a very cool selection for the part, if tinged with sadness due to Abercrombie’s passing.

  4. This week I watched “The Secret of Moonacre Valley” and wondered what would make the shorter list, stuff Tim Curry has been in or stuff he hasn’t.

    1. Never even heard of it, Carla.

      His big stuff for me, as someone growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, would be RHPS, Clue, Legend (which is probably minor and as a movie best forgotten) and IT.

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