There’s been a lot of chatter recently about an old Star Wars favorite finally making his way into Star Wars’ live-action universe, and that’s Grand Admiral Thrawn.
The character first got his start in the Timothy Zahn novels that have now been deemed Legends status (aka, not canon). But thanks to the animated series Star Wars Rebels and some new novels, the Star Wars team found a way to bring him back into the canon under Disney’s ownership of Lucasfilm.
As many fans know, the animated series version of Thrawn is voiced by Lars Mikkelsen. The Danish actor has appeared in series such as The Witcher and Sherlock, so acting on camera is nothing new for him.
But now, with the rumors of Grand Admiral Thrawn potentially becoming a live-action character, many are starting to wonder if Mikkelsen will actually play the Chiss when it’s time for him to be cast. After all, we’ve seen this happen in The Mandalorian recently, where Bo-Katan Kryze actress Katee Sackhoff ended up playing her character as a live-action version. So can the same happen for Mikkelsen?
Who is playing the live-action Thrawn?
It’s not set in stone yet, but a recent scoop has revealed that Lars Mikkelsen may in fact be playing a live-action version of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Of course, this hasn’t been officially confirmed by Lucasfilm yet. But there have been enough rumblings thus far about Mikkelsen’s casting to make it a plausible rumor.
Along with his casting, it’s also been said that the role of Ezra Bridger has been cast as well for the live-action — with Aladdin star Mena Massoud apparently nabbing the role. With this information, that means we’re likely to see the plot from Star Wars Rebels continue to play out, where we finally find out what happens to Ezra and Thrawn after they disappeared.
Many people also believe this will be the plot of the Ahsoka series. Whereas, there was potentially going to be a Star Wars Rebels animated sequel. But now the plot of that show (which will no longer be happening) is rumored to take place in the Ahsoka series.
This will all be part of the next, next wave of Star Wars series, though. As 2022 holds Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian season 3 in its lineup. So as we near closer to the end of the year, it’s possible we may begin to see more news about casting once production for Thrawn’s respective series is underway.
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