‘Ahsoka’: Lars Mikkelsen Is Back As Grand Admiral Thrawn

Following yesterday’s Ahsoka teaser trailer, the second day of Star Wars Celebration has delivered one more key piece of news on the series. And it’s a confirmation of a rumor that has been going around for weeks. It’s confirmed that Lars Mikkelsen will be taking on the role of Grand Admiral Thrawn, reprising the role he first played in Star Wars Rebels.

The major difference this time is that Mikkelsen will be physically portraying Thrawn in live-action, rather than simply voicing him. It’s a smart move. The fans loved Mikkelsen’s voice performance and wanted him back, so it’s good to see Lucasfilm doing the right thing.

Mikkelsen joins a cast led by Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Emran Esfandi as Ezra Bridger, Ivanna Sakhno as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson as Baylan Skoll, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, and Genevieve O’ Reilly as Mon Mothma.

Thrawn was last seen in the final episode of Star Wars Rebels being sucked into hyperspace along with Ezra Bridger. The two have been lost ever since, and a large part of Ahsoka will be her attempting to track them down.

The series was created by Dave Filoni, and he will be directing episodes along with Steph Green, Peter Ramsey, Jennifer Getzinger, Geeta Patel, and Rick Famuyiwa. Ahsoka hits Disney+ this August.

Travis Hopson
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