Will Grand Admiral Thrawn be in Episode 8?
Good morning everyone! Hope you are all doing great today! As we all know Thrawn has recently been added back into the Star Wars Canon in a big way. He is now the main villain in Star Wars Rebels. The big baddy, from the Timothy Zhan original novel, Heir to the Empire trilogy has made his way over to our universe again. But what could this mean? Could we be seeing Thrawn on the big screen soon?
In an article posted on ScreenRant a few days ago, they discussed who Thrawn was and his history in legends, in the new canon and what we could be getting in the future with the character!
Thrawn in Legends
Screen Rant stated in their Article:
"Mitth’raw’nuruodo, AKA Thrawn, was a member of the blue-skinned humanoid species known as the Chiss. The Chiss inhabited the planet Csilla in an area of uncharted space referred to as the “Unknown Regions” by the rest of the galaxy. Thrawn was responsible for exploring and patrolling stretches of the frontier within the Unknown Regions when he came into contact with the Empire. Supreme Chancellor (at the time) Palpatine was impressed with the young Thrawn’s keen mind and strategic prowess, envisioning a role for him in his future Empire."
Thrawn, being in the outer regions most of his time of service, is why he wasn't in Return of the Jedi. Thrawn eventually joined Palpatine and quickly rose through the ranks to become a Grand Admiral. The Emperor allowed Thrawn to rule over the outer regions fleet and be disconnected enough to not be a huge part of the original saga.
Thrawn in New Canon
We are excited to say we are going to be getting a brand new story with old legends aspects. the article said:
"Canon Thrawn also hails from Csilla in the Unknown Regions. He comes to join Palpatine’s Empire and informs him of potential threats, offering his services to prepare for the eventuality of an extra-galactic invasion. Thrawn was personally tasked with rooting out the Rebels and destroying them in season 3 of Rebels, and while he wasn’t entirely successful in ending the Rebellion, he’s still alive and kicking at the end of the season.
The interesting thing about Thrawn is that he’s not accounted for during the time of the original trilogy. Obviously, not every single character is going to be seen in every story. Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is a good example – she’s also not in the original trilogy, yet she’s prominent in the Aftermath books – but Thrawn seems a little more high profile and he’s not even mentioned in the book Lost Stars, which takes an even closer look at the Empire during that era."
These aspects are similar to how he was in canon and it stays true to the lore of who Thrawn was in the old canon! From what I have seen Disney doing in the past, is using aspects or characters from Legends and adding them into canon with some twists to them.
Thrawn Live Action Speculation
If it really is Thrawn onboard the Eclipse at the end of Aftermath: Empire’s End, that means he would become an instrumental figure in building The First Order, so wouldn’t it make sense for him to show up in a movie eventually? After Saw Gerrera’s inclusion in Rogue One, Star Wars is no stranger to taking animated characters to live-action, and if any character in the history of non-movie Star Wars deserves to make a live-action appearance, it’s Thrawn.
If Thrawn is going to appear on the big screen, it would surely have to happen in Episode VIII, unless there’s a stand-alone story he fits into. He could wait until Episode IX, but that seems a little late in the game to introduce him. With The Last Jedi set to explore more of the First Order, that really seems like the best place to introduce him.
This excites me, we are speculating that it may be him but who knows! We can't wait to see what happens in Episode VIII. We are only a few weeks away from the first trailer for 'The Last Jedi' and we are amped! May the Force Be with you! Make sure to like us on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter, and share this post with all of your friends!