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Star Wars: Live-Action Thrawn Looks Just Like Pierce Brosnan

Star Wars has unveiled an official mural for the entire saga for Star Wars Celebration, and the live-action style art looks eerily like Pierce Brosnan. After establishing that all former Expanded Universe content would be labeled “Legends” and deemed non-canon, one of the characters most lamented by fans was Grand Admiral Thrawn, but fortunately, he’s made a return into official canon in recent years in a big way.

Introduced to Star Wars canon by Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn is a ruthless Imperial Grand Admiral intent on hunting down and destroying the Rebel cells that are starting to form an organized resistance to the Galactic Empire. He disappeared at the end of the series and it’s not known exactly where he went, along with Ezra Bridger, but several books have been released in the meantime chronicling his life leading up to the events of Star Wars Rebels.

Related: Unanswered Questions Left by Star Wars Rebels

The fact that this new image of Thrawn is the spitting image of Pierce Brosnan could be a total fluke, but given the way Lars Mikkelsen voices the character on Star Wars Rebels and the way the character’s internal monologues are written by Timothy Zahn in his new Thrawn novels, Pierce Brosnan would be a perfect fit for the character. It’s definitely understandable if this new official art triggers speculation about a possible Thrawn live-action appearance, played by Pierce Brosnan, in the near future. This is especially interesting as a cover for Thrawn Alliances previously put him next to Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker, but that version of Thrawn looked a lot more like Jon Hamm.

Timothy Zahn originally created Thrawn for the Expanded Universe’s Thrawn trilogy of books Heir to the EmpireDark Force Rising, and The Last Command, but since he’s been brought back he’s been given a new canon Thrawn trilogy of Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances, and the upcoming Thrawn: Treason. His arc is very similar to that of the Expanded Universe version, but updated to fit other Star Wars canon stories.

Hailing from outside the known galaxy, Thrawn is an officer of the Chiss Ascendency who leaves home and joins the Empire apparently in search of a means to fight off some unknown threat against his own people (similar to the Expanded Universe’s Yuuzhan Vong. He rises through the ranks quickly and gains favor with Emperor Palpatine, finding himself at odds with Darth Vader (partly due to his previous adventures with Anakin Skywalker), and even helps Palpatine plot a course out into the Unknown Regions – a course taken by the fleeing Imperial Remnant that would eventually become the First Order.

With his potential ties to the First Order and lingering story threads, fans are of course curious about Thrawn’s future in Star Wars canon, and now especially curious if that future involves a live-action appearance played by Pierce Brosnan.

More: Grand Admiral Thrawn’s Connection to the First Order Revealed


2019-04-12 08:04:10

Stephen M. Colbert

Star Wars 9: Richard E. Grant Is NOT Playing Grand Admiral Thrawn



Star Wars: Episode IX actor Richard E. Grant confirms he is not playing Grand Admiral Thrawn in the film. Along with Keri Russell and Naomi Ackie, Grant is one of three newcomers to the sequel trilogy’s already stacked ensemble, signing on for a mystery role that’s being kept under wraps for now. Despite there being a lack of information about Grant’s character, fans are already speculating who he could be. A popular theory to pop up is Thrawn, the fan-favorite Legends villain who was integrated into the official canon via Rebels and Timothy Zahn’s new novels.

Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars has no qualms about working the non-movie materials into the feature films. For instance, Saw Gerrera (a character who originally appeared on Clone Wars) had a supporting role in Rogue One, and Solo featured the infamous Maul cameo at the end. Because of this, viewers are wondering if Thrawn will ever be on the big screen, but it won’t happen in Episode IX.

Related: All The Star Wars 9 Rumors, Leaks & Spoilers

In an interview with Radio Times, Grant was asked about the prevailing hypothesis he is the live-action Thrawn and took the opportunity to debunk the rumor quite definitively:

I’m not playing the Star Wars character you just mentioned. I’m not allowed to tell you anything. Otherwise I would be fired. It’s a complete lockdown on any information whatsoever.

While Lucasfilm does like to play up the secrecy of their films, they aren’t afraid to be transparent when it’s called for. Some may recall they shot down the “Snoke is Plagueis” theory a while ago and nixed the notion Carrie Fisher’s likeness would be recreated via CGI for Episode IX. It’s nice to see the studio isn’t a completely closed book, as this allows fans to adjust their expectations accordingly. Now, well before Star Wars 9 debuts, audiences know Thrawn isn’t in it and they can move on to the next theory that catches their attention. Whenever something as massive as Star Wars is involved, there’s no shortage of rumors to sift through.

In all likelihood, Grant is playing a new character, perhaps some sort of commanding officer for the First Order. The villains took heavy losses in The Last Jedi with the deaths of Snoke and Captain Phasma, so they need some reinforcements as the war heats up. Of course, at this point in time, there’s always a chance he’s a member of the Resistance, but they seem to have a loaded roster of characters at their disposal. Grant has experience playing a villain in a franchise tentpole (see: Logan) and certainly fits the profile of someone who would make a convincing Imperial-type. Seeing him interact with Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver (who have their own compelling dynamic) in Episode IX would be a treat.

MORE: Every Star Wars 9 Update You Need To Know

Source: Radio Times



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