Bryan Young over at The Huffington Post has the exclusive reveal of the new voice actor playing Chancellor Palpatine on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Tim Curry. Young attended a Lucasfilm screening for the season finale, in which Curry makes his debut appearance in the role of Palpatine/Sidious, and he got some comments from Dave Filoni about the pick. Here's part of what Filoni said:
We had an extensive search to find a new voice for Palpatine. It wasn't just a matter of finding an actor who could to recreate lines from the films. We needed someone to deliver a performance that could stand alongside what Ian McDiarmid and Ian Abercrombie created as this legendary Star Wars character. At the end of the day, there is little question that bringing in an actor of Tim's caliber was perfect for Chancellor Palpatine.
Curry, who has appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Clue, takes over the role after the passing last January of Ian Abercrombie, who played the character since his first TCW appearance in the 2008 animated feature.