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Celebration Chicago continues to expand its guest list as a malevolent Emperor, a plucky droid and a cackling court jester join the line-up (aka Ian McDiarmid, Brian Herring and Mark Dodson).

Ian McDiarmid, the actor who unforgettably played the galactic mastermind behind the rise of the Empire, transforming from the manipulative, scheming senator from Naboo into the ghastly cloaked figure of Darth Sidious, will join fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago this spring.

McDiarmid, who exquisitely portrayed evil personified, will be joined by Brian Herring, half of the puppeteering team who operated BB-8 as well as other creatures and characters in the sequel trilogy.

Veteran voice actor Mark Dodson, who helped bring Jabba the Hutt’s cackling court jester Salacious B. Crumb to life and has provided vocals for other Star Wars stormtroopers and aliens, will also be there.