Who plays Grand Admiral Thrawn in Ahsoka?
Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the most formidable villains in Star Wars history, has made a comeback in Ahsoka – but who plays him?
In our review of the sixth chapter, we called it an “ominous leap into both the unknown and the arms of familiar friends and foes – for the first time in years, Star Wars has a threat that’s substantial.”
While we pick up with Ahsoka and Huyang inside the mouth of a star whale, we mostly follow Baylan, Shin, Morgan, and Sabine as they arrive on Peridea, the purrgil graveyard in the Unknown Regions and the homeworld of the Dathomiri.
Soon after they land, an enormous Star Destroyer flies overhead. As they step on board, they come face to face with hundreds of Night Troopers and their long-sought-after Imperial leader: Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Who plays Thrawn in Ahsoka?
Grand Admiral Thrawn is portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen in Ahsoka, reprising his role from the animated Star Wars Rebels series.
Thrawn appeared in just 13 episodes of Rebels, making his small-screen debut in the franchise in 2016. However, the character has a long history in the galaxy far, far away, having first popped up in the expanded universe’s Thrawn trilogy of novels in the ’90s, part of the Legends canon. One such book is titled Heir to the Empire, believed to also be the name of Dave Filoni’s upcoming Star Wars movie.
Mikkelsen’s return was confirmed at Star Wars Celebration this year, where he took to the stage after the trailer showed the villain in live-action for the first time. “It was a very emotional moment that I didn’t expect to have. But I think there’s a lot of love to be taken care of from the audience. And I felt enormous gratitude. It was amazing,” he told EW.
“When David finally asked me if I wanted to do it, there were no doubts. Of course, I wanted to do that, so I’m very excited. But [as far as] the transition between Rebels and the actual live-action character? I hope it works!”
As for what newcomers should expect from Thrawn, the actor explained: “He’s a top strategist. He’s always seven paces ahead of anybody else. And ruthless, of course. But only when it’s needed, actually. I think he thrives also with the creativity of the surroundings. I mean, he’s not using people in a bad way. He’s using their creativity to reach his goals.”
Mikkelsen, who’s the brother of Mads, has also starred in House of Cards, The Witcher, and The Kingdom.
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