Popular Star wars Evil Grand Admiral Thrawn first appeared in author Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy of novels – “Heir to the Empire” (1991), “Dark Force Rising” (1992) and “The Last Command” ( 1993) – before joining the existing Star Wars canon in Dave Filoni’s animated series, Star Wars Rebels.
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Thrawn (voiced by Lars Mikkelsen) upset the crew of the ghost ship, including Ahsoka Tano’s Jedi Knight (voiced by Ashley Eckstein) Ezra Bridger (voiced by Taylor Gray) – and the rest of the galaxy – until what Bridger sacrifices himself to make sure Thrawn disappears.
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Then he reappeared in The Mandalorian Season 2 when Rosario Dawson made her live-action debut as Ahsoka Tano in Episode 5 directed by Filoni (“Chapter 13: The Jedi”). Corvus Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) mentioned Thrawn’s name when Tano asked him who was pulling the strings behind his actions.
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This, of course, immediately made fans wonder when and where Mandalorian Showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Filoni will finally present their live-action version of the blue-skinned villain, who has yet to be officially cast, although most believe Mikkelsen will play the role, much like the actress. voice actor Katee Sackhoff played Bo-Katan Kryze in The Mandalorian.
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Earlier this year, reports indicated that Thrawn’s character had already completed filming on his first live-action series – likely Boba Fett’s book, which is set to hit Disney + in December 2021 – but, now, some Star wars fans are convinced that Thrawn may have already completed several shows.
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Zahn’s trio of novels – which also featured that of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker Star wars Legends’ wife, the former Emperor’s Hand assassin, Mara Jade Skywalker, is set in 9 ABY, five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and the two seasons of The Mandalorian.
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To come up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) prequel series, Andor, takes place five years before the events of Thief one and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), which occur a few days apart. Series star Diego Luna (Captain Cassian Andor) recently confirmed that Andor has finished filming and that fans will “see some familiar faces.”
Of Star wars chronologically, Thrawn could certainly appear.
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As Reddit user TheGamerDanYT wrote:
I have a feeling we’ll see or mention Thrawn. It makes perfect sense that a Gravel War show would at least refer to him if nothing else.
Another Redditor replied:
yes, I put money on Thrawn and maybe Ahsoka as a pivot.
Probably just a hologram like it was in Rebels S1 but I’ll take what I can get.
Yet another answer:
It would make sense to start erecting her as a villain and her as a person directly opposed to him for her. [Ahsokaâs] spectacle.
Another comment from user nachoolo on the Reddit thread noted:
Thrawn really needs to be featured in live-action before Ahsoka’s series.
If his series is to be looking for him, we really need an audience that is familiar to him to understand the issues. As much as I love Animation, Rebels, and the Thrawn books. The general public is probably less interested in a CG children’s cartoon or related novel than we are.
And they’re probably going to be the majority of live viewers. So having 90% of your audience oblivious to the importance of Thrawn is not going to be good for the reception of your series.
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In other words, all roads point to Thrawn as the next ‘big bad’ in the game. Star wars universe. That he appears for the first time in the novel by Robert Rodriguez Boba Fett’s book in December or next year in Andor, Ahsoka, Where The Mandalorian Season 3 remains to be seen, however.
Look forward to more Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Star wars story?