It looks like there’s a chance that a live-action version of Grand Admiral Thrawn could be introduced in an upcoming Star Wars movie. With Kenobi: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IX both gearing up for production soon, they seem like the best bets.
We assume something is happening with the character because an audition tape has surfaced showing British actor Adam Templar, auditioning for the role and as you’ll see, he’s gone as so far to paint himself blue, wear red eye contacts, and dress up in a Star Wars universe robe.
I’m not sure where exactly the dialogue that the actor delivers is coming from. It could be something that was sent to him to read, or it could be something that he got from existing material. But in the scene, Thrawn is on the hunt for a Jedi Master and is reporting to Darth Vader. This suggests that it takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Adam Templer may not be a well-known actor, but he does have representation and has several film and TV credits under his belt so this could very well be legit if a casting call went out. There’s no confirmation of that though, so we don’t know.
Thrawn started out in the Extended Universe but was established in Star Wars Canon when he was introduced in Star Wars Rebels, so now he’s fair game to be used in films just like Saw Gerrera was used in Rogue One.
Thrawn is a cold and calculated character “using his deep education of alien cultures and ruthless intelligence rather than the normal Imperial brutality to defeat his enemies, making him on of the more complex villains from the Legends era. Thrawn is a Chiss, which explains his blue skin and red eyes.”
Some fans seem to think that the character will show up in Episode IX, but Omega Underground seems to believe that it will be the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. They explain:
Thrawn doesn’t exactly seem like a good fit for Episode IX (currently casting new roles) due to General Hux and Kylo Ren seemingly now the military leaders running the First Order, it would be strange to see Thrawn out of the blue (pun intended) without having established him in the previous two movies.
Thrawn’s place in the Star Wars universe does lineup with the timeline for the Kenobi anthology film which is expected to begin filming next year at Pinewood UK. It’s very possible the Jedi he is trying to hunt is actually Obi-Wan (the nature and peace sentiment sounds like Kenobi to us) which could be revealing Thrawn is the villain in that movie.
It seems to make more sense that we would see Thrawn looking to hunt down Kenobi, which would certainly make that film even more interesting. Watch the video below and let us know what you think about all this.
It was also recently announced that author Timothy Zahn is planning to write two additional Thrawn novels that will be released after Episode IX.