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Timothy Zahn responds to rumors Thrawn is getting his own Star Wars movie

Published: 4/Sep/2020 5:27 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 7:41

by Isaac McIntyre


Star Wars penman and Thrawn creator Timothy Zahn has delivered his verdict on rumors his popular Grand Admiral will be getting a live-action movie spinoff in the near future, after returning to the new Disney canon in Rebels.

Thrawn made his Star Wars debut back in the ‘Heir to the Empire’ novel in 1991 as part of the Thrawn Trilogy, which was widely regarded as Star Wars’ unofficial ‘sequel trilogy’ until new franchise owners Disney reset the canon in 2014.

The ruthless commander made his way back into recognized canon in mid-2016, as a Rebels villain throughout the animated series’ third season. Star Wars fans have been calling for the fan-fave to make the leap into live-action ever since.

The rumors surrounding Thrawn, and his very own live-action flick, have been growing since Star Wars insider Daniel Ritchman claimed on Patreon a Thrawn movie was “on its way” back in mid-May.

Unfortunately, it looks like those rumors may have been unfounded; Zahn weighed in on the whispers during a September 4 interview with Polygon. According to the famous Star Wars penman, there’s nothing in the pipes.

Iconic Star Wars villain Thrawn finally made his Disney canon debut in Rebels' third season.
Iconic Star Wars villain Thrawn finally made his Disney canon debut in Rebels’ third season.

Zahn admitted Lucasfilm “hasn’t told him if Thrawn will pop up somewhere else,” outside the new trilogy he’s in the middle of writing. “Don’t believe [the rumors],” he added. “Until you’ve seen it on, put no stock in rumors.”

“Mara Jade [another popular Star Wars novel character] was ‘definitely’ going to be in The Force Awakens,” Zahn continued. “Then she was going to be in The Last Jedi, and probably going to be in The Rise of Skywalker. Don’t believe it.”

That’s not to say the penman is against taking his iconic Star Wars character to the silver screen. Zahn loved when Thrawn appeared in Rebels ⁠— he famously declared “the internet is going to melt” upon hearing the news — and feels the same about a possible live-action “Thrawn” production too.

“There are so many opportunities,” he concluded. “It’s a huge universe.”

Zahn would love to see Thrawn head to the silver screen in the next few years.
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Zahn would love to see Thrawn head to the silver screen in the next few years.

If Thrawn does make his way to the live-action slice of Star Wars in a film or TV series, he’ll join a long time of characters reportedly getting their own spinoffs in the next few years.

Ahsoka Tano is the headliner in that regard. After a breakout seven seasons in The Clone Wars, the fan-favorite former Jedi is set to make her live-action debut in The Mandalorian’s second season when it begins airing on October 30.

Other Star Wars characters tipped to get their own spinoff franchises in the next few years include bounty hunter Boba Fett ⁠— who will also restart post-Disney life in Mando’s second season ⁠— and Ben Solo before he was Kylo Ren.


Ninja teases work in leading role on an upcoming TV show

Published: 8/Jan/2021 2:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 4:51

by Brad Norton


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has started work on a mysterious TV show, teasing fans on details surrounding his role as one of the leading characters.

Ninja’s rise to mainstream stardom isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the internet celebrity has teased his involvement in a brand new TV show. Details are scarce and there’s no telling when this show might be revealed, but the streamer did provide some key information in his announcement.

The specific work appears to be for an animated series as Ninja’s involvement has been purely voiceover work for the time being. “recorded my first voice over for a main role in a TV show today,” he said on January 7.

“Although I can’t share more yet, voice acting is so fun. A huge passion of mine that I’m starting to get to live out.”

It’s only been a matter of months since Ninja made one of the biggest moves of his career. Brad Pitt and Chris Evans are just a few of the names Ninja is now brushing shoulders with at Hollywood’s biggest talent agency, the Creative Artists Agency.

This major deal appears to be paying dividends in big ways already. A leading role in an animated series isn’t something you see from popular content creators every day.

Leading this charge is exactly what Ninja set his sights on months back. Focusing on “literally anything and everything Hollywood” is what he outlined to Hollywood Reporter in July 2020

That means everything from an appearance on the Masked Singer to work on various cartoons as well.

Ninja on Masked Singer
Ninja’s first big televised appearance came on hit Fox show The Masked Singer.

It’s only a matter of time until we find out exactly what this show looks like. Could Ninja be the actual character in the animated series? Or is he purely providing his voice for someone else’s creation? We’ll just have to wait and see.

This isn’t the only major Hollywood production Ninja is involved with at this point in his career. Upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy is set to feature a number of major content creators, with Ninja chief among them.