Ahsoka: Who Will Play Thrawn in the New Disney Plus Series?

Ahsoka's Iconic Star Wars Villain Live-Action Debut

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The shadow of the Empire looms large as the anticipation for the new Rosario Dawson Ahsoka Tano series on Disney Plus grows. Among the most anticipated villains that will make their live-action debut is none other than the infamous Imperial Admiral Thrawn. The question on everyone’s mind is who will play this iconic villain? Well, the answer to this question was recently revealed by Lucasfilm at Star Wars Celebration 2023, but there is much more to explore about this character and the actor who will bring him to life. Let’s delve deeper into the mystery and learn more about Thrawn and Lars Mikkelsen’s casting in the role.

Who is Thrawn?

Thrawn is a character in the Star Wars universe and a primary antagonist in Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn Trilogy” novels. He was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends and later became a canon character after appearing in the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” Thrawn is a member of the Chiss species, an alien race from the Unknown Regions of the galaxy, and a highly skilled Imperial officer. He is known for his exceptional intelligence, military strategies, and his calm demeanor, which make him a formidable enemy.

Thrawn is a master of strategy and tactics, with a deep understanding of art, culture, and philosophy, which he uses to gain insights into his enemies and achieve his objectives. Despite his antagonistic nature, Thrawn has become a fan-favorite character due to his complex personality and an intriguing backstory.

Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn

Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn in Ahsoka
© Lucasfilm Animation

Lars Mikkelsen’s recent casting as Thrawn in the Ahsoka series has generated quite a buzz among Star Wars fans. Many have praised the decision to bring back Mikkelsen, who is a highly acclaimed and versatile actor with a strong track record in both film and television.

Mikkelsen is well-known to Star Wars fans for his previous work voicing Thrawn in the animated series, and his portrayal of the character’s cold, calculating, and highly intelligent personality has been highly regarded by audiences. Fans are excited to see how Mikkelsen will bring this character to life in live-action, and many are hopeful that he will be able to capture the same essence that made his animated performance so memorable.

In addition to his work on Star Wars, Mikkelsen has an impressive resume that includes roles in a variety of popular television shows and films. Some of his most notable performances include his work in “The Killing,” “Sherlock,” and “House of Cards,” among others. His ability to deliver nuanced and layered performances has made him a respected figure in the acting community, and many are eager to see how he will interpret this iconic Star Wars character on screen.

Other Villains in Ahsoka

One of the most exciting revelations about the series is the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. It is unclear how much Christensen’s character will feature in the series, but fans are thrilled to see him reprise his role as the iconic Jedi and to finally meet Anakin and Ahsoka Tano show up in live-action form. The new series timeline is set after the events of most of her animated appearances, around the same time as “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett.”

Apart from Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker, the series will feature several other villains, including Morgan Elsbeth, played by Diana Lee Inosanto. Elsbeth was the antagonist in an episode of “The Mandalorian” that introduced Rosario Dawson’s live-action Ahsoka. Ray Stevenson and Ivanna Sakhno will play two other lightsaber-wielding villains named Baylon and Shin. However, creator Dave Filoni has remained tight-lipped about the characters, leaving fans guessing about their backstory and motivations.

Cast of Ahsoka

The upcoming series on Disney Plus is not just about the iconic character’s new adventure, but it will also feature some fan-favorite characters from the Star Wars universe. The series will introduce Hera Syndulla, the Twi’lek pilot from the animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” who will be played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, “10 Cloverfield Lane”). Additionally, Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian warrior and graffiti artist, also from “Rebels,” will make an appearance, with actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo (“The Society”, “The Greatest Showman”) taking on the role.

The series is being led by executive producer and writer Dave Filoni, who is also known for his work on “The Mandalorian” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” Along with Filoni, a team of talented filmmakers will helm the director’s chair, including Steph Green (“The Watch”, “Run”), Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, “Rise of the Guardians”), Jennifer Getzinger (“Mad Men”, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”), and Geeta Patel (“Meet the Patels”, “Dead to Me”). The returning Mandalorian helmer Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”, “The Chi”) will also direct an episode of the series. With such a strong cast and crew, fans can expect an exciting and compelling story that will expand the Star Wars universe even further.

Ahsoka Release Date

As the release of the series approaches, the excitement among Star Wars fans continues to build. The series promises to be an epic adventure that will not only explore the beloved character’s journey but also introduce new and exciting characters to the Star Wars universe. With the addition of Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn, or the live-action duel of Ahsoka and Anakin, fans can expect to see a formidable and complex villain that will pose a significant threat to Ahsoka and her allies.

Overall, the new series is shaping up to be a thrilling addition to the Star Wars canon, and fans are eagerly anticipating its arrival. With a release date set for August 2023, the wait is almost over. In the meantime, fans can get their first taste of the series by watching the recently released Ahsoka teaser, which promises to deliver action, adventure, and plenty of surprises.

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James Bintang
James Bintang
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