Grand Admiral Thrawn And Ezra Bridger Casting Confirmed | Exclusive Barside Buzz
Over a year ago LRM broke the news that Lucasfilm was planning on expanding the Star Wars Disney+ shows with an Ahsoka, Boba Fett, and a combined Ezra Bridger and Thrawn show. Since then Disney has announced the upcoming shows The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka coming December 2021 and 2022 respectively. With the debut of the live-action version of Ahsoka in The Mandalorian, we learned that the famed Togruta is on the hunt for Thrawn. It is safe to assume that Thrawn and Ezra are together since the last time we saw both characters they were being taken into hyperspace by the purrgil.
While we haven’t heard any new updates of the Ezra and Thrawn show, we do have an important announcement to share. We are now confident in reporting that Mena Massoud has been cast as Ezra Bridger along with Lars Mikkelsen portraying Grand Admiral Thrawn! This may not be shocking to some fans as Massoud and Mikkelson have been favorites for casting these two popular Star Wars characters.
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Massoud is a talented actor who rose to stardom portraying the role of Aladdin in the Disney live-action remake. While his popularity grew after the movie the opportunity for new roles did not come as fast as he would of like. It is safe to assume that with this new role Massoud will be busy for the next few years. A while back Mena posted on Instagram a photo of him shirtless with the caption gaining all of the attention. “Hey, just so you know, when I escape I won’t hurt any of you.” which of course is a reference to a line from Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Rebels. KRT had originally reported that Massoud was the favorite and that talks were ongoing. However, Massoud is now signed on we can confirm.
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The news of Lars Mikkelsen coming to the Mandoverse as Grand Admiral Thrawn is welcoming news for fans of Star Wars Rebels. It was Mikkelsen himself that voiced Thrawn in the animated series for seventeen episodes. Thrawn is one of the most unique characters in the Star Wars universe. He was first introduced in the novel Heir To The Empire in 1991 and quickly rose in popularity which has led to multiple novel trilogies, comic book appearances, and animation. However, he is the only character that has transitioned from the Expanded Universe into Star Wars canon.
What makes this news perfect is the age of both actors would be relatively around the age of their respective characters. I think fans will be happy with these choices, especially that of Mikkelsen, whose voice work has become iconic.
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Leave any thoughts on the Thrawn and Ezra casting news or any other Star Wars rumors in the comments section below. You can also watch every episode of Star Wars Rebels to catch up on Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn on Disney+.