Among a ton of other Star Wars information that was revealed at Star Wars Celebration last weekend, we got our first look at the teaser trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka. Amongst the character reveals, there was one most were excited to see: Grand Admiral Thrawn.
The show takes place in the same era as The Mandalorian with Rosario Dawson returning to play the character that she first portrayed in both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. While there is plenty to break down about the teaser trailer, one exciting tidbit is the reveal of Thrawn.
He has long been a fan-favorite Star Wars character, despite this being the first time he has ever appeared in live-action. Thrawn will be portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen who provided the character’s voice in his animated appearances.
Thrawn’s long history in Star Wars
Thrawn first appeared in the novel Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn in 1991. Zahn was tasked with writing a new trilogy of Star Wars books that would be some of the first official Star Wars stories told that took place after Return of the Jedi.
The three books collectively became known as Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, was named after the villains who would go on to dominate the story. Thrawn became one of the most popular Star Wars characters to never appear in a movie but had his time to shine in television.
In the third season of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, he was reintroduced into the official Star Wars canon, once again becoming taking the spotlight in the expanded universe. Timothy Zahn, who had created the character, was brought back to write another trilogy of novels surrounding the character and fitting him into the new Disney era canon of Star Wars.
Live action for the first time
Thrawn has had quite the journey throughout the last few decades of Star Wars stories, but his Ahsoka appearance will be another leap for the character. Like actress Katee Sackhoff playing the character of Bo-Katan on The Mandalorian, Thrawn will be portrayed in live action by the same person who voiced the character in his animated form.
This is likely due to the fact that Dave Filoni, who was the writer of both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, will also be credited with writing the upcoming Ahsoka show. Both Ahsoka and Thrawn appeared in Star Wars: Rebels, and this new series will likely continue the story that Filoni was telling in the animated show.
Fans who have been eagerly anticipating the Ahsoka series, now have a new Star Wars first to look forward to.
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