Rumors have been swirling for a long time about the future of Star Wars content on Disney+. Now, a new rumor suggests that two more names have been added to the roster.
According to an exclusive report from the online podcast site LRM, Lucasfilm has cast Mena Massoud as Ezra Bridger and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn. The duo was last seen together at the end of Star Wars Rebels, so it isn’t too far of a stretch to think that they could’ve been trapped with each other after the fall of the Empire.
Massoud, an Egyptian-born actor from Canada, has had a number of bit parts in various films and television shows. He is most widely recognized for playing the titular character in Disney’s 2019 live-action version of Aladdin.
Mikkelsen, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, flourished in Danish films and television. He is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, as he already voiced Grand Admiral Thrawn for 13 episodes of Rebels. Mikkelsen’s younger brother, Mads, also portrayed Galen Erso in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
However, it should be noted that neither of these castings has been confirmed, nor have the character’s potential roles in any specific Disney+ series been announced. So for now, they should still be treated as rumors.
This isn’t to say, though, that neither of these castings will eventually come to fruition. Both Massoud and Mikkelsen have been popular fan castings for the two parts.
Additionally, it is very probable that Thrawn will, in some form or another, appear in an upcoming series. It was shown in The Mandalorian episode “Chapter 13: The Jedi” that Ahsoka Tano was on the hunt for him, and she is slated to get her own Disney+ show, Ahsoka, sometime in the near future.
If anything, though, an official casting probably won’t be announced until much closer to the time of the actual show release. Plus, given that neither character has been announced as actually being in a show, it might be some time before we get anything more concrete.