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Rumor: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ May Reintroduce Fan-Favorite Legends Character

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While the midseason trailer for “Star Wars Rebels” promised a lot of major developments and unexpected cameos in the next several episodes, one of the biggest surprises may be yet to come: a major character from “Star Wars” Legends.

Legends is the name for what used to be called the Expanded Universe, essentially those officially sanctioned stories outside of the “Star Wars” films (such as novels, comic books, video games, animated series, etc.). Following the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney, those stories were deemed no longer part of the canon — much to the dismay of many fans — and renamed Legends. It was later noted that while they’re no longer canon, some of those stories and characters could be drawn upon for new works, such as, say, “Star Wars Rebels.”

Among the characters shuffled off into Legends was Grand Admiral Thrawn, the fan-favorite Imperial officer introduced in 1991’s “Heir to the Empire,” the first novel in the “Thrawn Trilogy.” But now, according to one fan site, the tactical genius maybe making a comeback.

Making Star Wars reports the rumor that Thrawn will be reintroduced in the upcoming third season of “Rebels,” where he’ll be sent in pursuit of the Ghost crew.

The same report also contends Season 3 will see Ezra Bridger with short hair and a lightsaber similar to the second one wielded by Luke Skywalker.

“Star Wars Rebels” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.

Comments

  • Saber Khai

    WHHHAAAT????

    Please let this be true!!!

  • Saber Khai

    WHHHAAAT????

    Please let this be true!!!

  • Nathan

    It greatly depends if that could be good. If it’s like Vader and he only pops up occasionally and is brutally effective when around, all right. If he’s like the Grand Inquisitor and doesn’t accomplish jack shit, no thanks.

  • Psimitar

    Now if they will just bring Kyle Katarn into the new continuity, all will be right in the galaxy.

  • Pat Dilloway

    Thrawn would never be outwitted by these guys.

  • red vector

    The Making Star Wars report also implies a time jump in between seasons 2 and 3 with the Ezra Bridger rumor.

  • Ushio

    Of course he’ll accomplish nothing that’s why he’ll be introduced they can’t keep showing Vader failing to capture the Rebels so replacing him with someone who doesn’t appear in the original trilogy is the best thing to do.

  • http://astronerdboy.blogspot.com/ AstroNerdBoy

    I hope this is just trolling.

  • someone

    But if they bring in Kyle Katarn he’ll have to be killed by that punk Kylo Ren.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    I hope Dave Filoni knows better than to mess up Thrawn like that. He’s stated he warned George Lucas several times things he wanted changed would upset fans, so now that Lucas is gone hopefully he can have more influence over bad decisions.

    Thrawn should always be 5 steps ahead of everyone else or they’re doing his character wrong.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Thrawn would make them outwit themselves and trick them into falling right into his trap, while simultaneously blowing up all the rest of their rebel cell who where off screen at the time… and that’s just before breakfast.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Still 40 seasons between now and then…

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Still 40 seasons between now and then…

  • Jack Napier

    I agree, IF they are going to bring in Thrawn…even if this is him as a young up and comer in the Empire fleet, they better not have him failing left and right like some kind of chump.

    I get it, he wasn’t ALWAYS a tactical genius, he had to learn at some point in his life, but still…do the character true justice or don’t bother using him.

  • Jack Napier

    Another thing to consider: IF Disney does bring Thrawn into their Star Wars universe….we COULD see at least an animated “Heir to the Empire” and Thrawn Trilogy.

    My reasoning? I would imagine that Disney wouldn’t just pay for the rights to use 1 single character from a trilogy, but the rights to the entire trilogy. May just be my opinion, but i don’t think Disney does much of anything half-assed. Also, they know how big the character and that trilogy were among the Star Wars fan base, imagine how much money they could bring in by making movies (again, likely just animated movies, probably straight to blu-ray/dvd) and toys based around it. I know i would buy into it big time.

  • Jack Napier

    I suppose they won’t have him as the tactical genius he is during the Thrawn Trilogy, after all, he does have to learn those awesome tactics at some point in his career right?

    It will be interesting to see if this “rumor” is accurate and if so, how it plays out on screen.

    I hope it is true and Disney is smart enough to recognize how big a fan base this one particular character has in the Star Wars universe.

  • someone

    Disney doesn’t have to pay for the rights to use Thrawn or any other Legends character or name. They’re all property of Lucasfilm, which is now property of Disney. Still, I hope you’re right. The actors are all too old to give us stories in that time period, so even if they don’t straight up adapt the Thrawn Trilogy it would be great to see an animated movie between movies 6 and 7.

  • Down The Garbage Chute

    HELL. YES.

    And hopefully more Legends characters down the line!

  • Jack Napier

    “They’re all property of Lucasfilm, which is now property of Disney.” – Ah, yes, you are correct there. Thank you.

    Guess we’ll just have to see how Ep 8 plays out and if anything is brought up about the time between Ep 6 & 7 that could effect the things that took place in the Thrawn Trilogy. There is still the rumor that Rey is Luke’s daughter and if true, the only time that could have happened was between 6 & 7…could we see the introduction of Mara Jade as well?!

    Yes, i know Luke and Mara had a son, Ben, but we already have a “Ben” in the new stories and he’s a Solo. Why they didn’t just go ahead with ‘Jacen’ or ‘Anakin Solo’ we’ll never know, but it would make much more sense for his “fascination” with Vader and “finishing his work”. Also…and i’m not sure if his name was taken from Obi-wan, but that doesn’t make much sense to come from Leia/Han either…she didn’t have much, if any, contact with Obi-wan during “A New Hope” and there isn’t much to suggest they had contact before that…why would she and Han name their child after him?

    Anyway….totally off topic. lol

  • Jack Napier

    imo..Disney would be pretty foolish NOT to use the “Legends” characters…it’d be like throwing money away.

    Disney Exec – “Yeah, we have all these Legends characters that the Star Wars fans love, but let’s just NEVER use them. We don’t really like money anyway.”
    Other Disney Exec – “The hell you say! The fans will literally throw their money at us if we use the “Legends” characters, let’s use them all!”

  • Jack Napier

    Ba…Kylo Ren…i already want him dead as much as i want to see Jar Jar dead.

  • jaydog

    I disagree with your first paragraph…mainly because the only difference between Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Trilogy to the Thrawn that was around before was exiled from the Chiss?

    The title Grand Admiral.

    He was a bad ass from the getgo.

  • DarkTrooper

    Damn…all this talk about this Thrawn dude kinda makes me wanna read the novels.

  • DarkTrooper

    Damn…all this talk about this Thrawn dude kinda makes me wanna read the novels.

  • Urthwyrm

    Thrawn can anticipate an enemy’s actions by viewing their art. Sabine better watch out.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Disney wants to tell their own stories, that is why they specifically went out of their way to not have Jacen, Jaina and Anakin.

    The new canon is new, it is not beholden to anything that came before.

    I would be shocked if they introduced Thrawn. Shocked. A Chiss Admiral who could play a big role post-Jedi, definitely. Thrawn in all but name, sure. But not Thrawn.

  • someone

    Sure the big Hollywood directors making the main films don’t care about the expanded universe, but the team behind Rebels/Clone Wars does. They’ve incorporated a lot of that material, even if they’ve made some controversial changes to things like the Mandalorians. Heck at one point Revan and the Vong were gonna show up in Clone Wars. So far its just been minor characters and background names for planets and aliens. But even if they can’t recanonize the whole Thrawn Trilogy I wouldn’t be surprised if he at least made a cameo.

  • Christopher Carroll

    If Thrawn (the real Thrawn) is after the Ghost it will end the season fast. I don’t think anyone on the crew is smart enough to evade him for too long.
    Would love to see Thrawn come back to the SW Universe.

  • Mike Rainbow

    No, if he comes back, he will be a minor threat that is overcome by the power of teamwork and friendship. I wouldn’t trust them to play him true to character.

  • Lccf

    Oh yeah ! I never considered him a “villain” per se. An antagonist, sure, and sometimes a ruthless one, but he wasn’t nearly as evil as the Emperor, or Vader … and when he pulled a great strategy, you couldn’t help but admire the guy’s brains. If it turns out true, I’ll consider starting watching that show. Please bring Pellaeon along !
    If it happens, I’ll start wondering when Mara Jade ( could still exist, just not as Luke’s wife and mother of his child, but she was more interesting in her earlier days anyway ), Talon Karrde, Kyle Katarn will pop up. ( I guess Cade Skywalker is forever gone, sadly, and I consider Darth Revan still existed, since KOTOR doesn’t openly contradict the new canon … )

  • Lccf

    They’re totally worth your time. Zahn’s following novels might not be as strong ( but enjoyable anyway ), but his original trilogy was genuinely great. And Thrawn’s a great character. Very different from the main imperial characters from the movies.

  • Lccf

    They’d have to rewrite some parts, but not that much, actually. Except for the name and number of Solo kids, and the whereabouts of Anakin’s lightsaber, the Thrawn trilogy doesn’t contradict the new timeline much, and an animated version would be a way to do it. I know I’d like to see Nomad City in full animated glory !

  • San Diego Cinerama

    I’m trying to be optimistic but…

    So far this show has managed to neuter an Imperial Inquisitor, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Darth Vader (yup).

    The treatment of villains has been, shall we say, poor.

    It’s also made the destruction of Alderran look reasonable.

    So consider me worried. And please don’t make Thrawn a Grand Admiral. Put him in standard naval officer gear.

  • Justin Kelly

    Yeah he was, Outbound flight did a great job of showing just how bad ass he was.

  • JounLord1

    Even Grand Admiral Thrawn wouldn’t be enough to make me want to watch this show.

  • MSJ

    Now I can understand why Thrawn is such an eyeroll-inducing character.

  • Christopher Carroll

    Thats what I don’t want to see. Do turn the awesome Thrawn into a punk

  • Ahsoka

    I hate it when a webpage calls my attention to an article with a picture, but when I click the link, the article doesn’t contains that picture.

  • Ahsoka

    I hate it when a webpage calls my attention to an article with a picture, but when I click the link, the article doesn’t contains that picture.

  • Ahsoka

    In fact, episode 7 is shit. I tell you, Ahsoka Tano. One reason is because I also have been included in a new movie.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Yes, in a universe where space wizards, death stars, laser swords, and sound exsists in space the most eye rolling inducing thing is character who just happens to be competent villain who uses his brain over his ego.

    Plus let’s face it the crew of the ghost aren’t really that bright in the strategic sense. Thrawn, if even a tenth of his old Expanded Universe self, would wipe the floor with them in that aspect every day of the year and twice on Empire Day.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Right… yet he’s enough to make you come to the comment section here.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Are you referring to yourself in the 1st and 3rd person simultaneously?

  • Swiftright Right

    Great first they make Vader into a bumbling old fool and now they start pulling in fan fic characters. For the love of good sci fi please PLEASE don’t go full bore Star Trek on us.

    Maybe by 2017 they will have rebel crewed sun crushers loaded with force splinter jewrey battling extra dimensional aliens…

    oh and Palpatine clones, cant forget the Palpatine clones.

  • Swiftright Right

    No he is eye rolling because he is exceptionally one dimensional.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    It’s easy for a fool to mix up one dimensional and enigmatic. It’s ok though, nobody’s perfect.

  • Swiftright Right

    “easy for a fool to mix up one dimensional and enamatic”

    I’m guessing your trying to call me a fool for confusing 1 dimensional and enigmatic?

    Yeah, that didn’t work out so well for you…

  • JounLord1

    Well yeah. I’m still vaguely interested in Star Wars and have relatively fond memories of the old dead EU. I came here to see what EU character they are shamelessly stealing to use in their show. Like using Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness its indicative of the creative staff’s lack of creativity and talent.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Actually I fixed that error caused by auto correct 3 hours before your reply… so it actually worked out perfect for me. You, not so much. Sorry bud, time stamp is on my side here.

    Further, total strawman reply. You only proved my point even further.

  • Swiftright Right

    Prob need to understand what a straw man argument is before tossing the term about what I did was called a fallacy of presumption.

    A straw man is not when you try to mock some one who hurt your feelings, F up trying to sound highbrowed by misspelling enigmatic and then get called for it.

    And yes you edited your statement but, we both know you didn’t get autocorrected to a nonsense collection of letters you just screwed up and didn’t catch it quickly enough so that I could not catch it.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    So according to your logic totally changing the topic from one dimensional vs enigmatic to a typo isn’t a Strawman? And just means I’m butt hurt? ROFLMFAO! Sorry, it means I’m laughing at you for again proving my point about that fool comment I made ealier, not that my feelings are hurt. You just keep digging a bigger and bigger hole for yourself.

    Again time stamp proves I’m right. Argue all you want. You are wrong. Simple as that. You made a huge deal over auto correct, which ironically you spelled wrong (let’s blame auto correct, but not aut ocorrect as you put it), now are just building and building your story to make yourself seem right. I don’t know why, nor care. Odds are though you just replied via the email and didn’t get an update. Fact is though, you did reply 3 hours later and I had fixed the typo almost 2 hours and 59 minutes before you noticed the error. Yet you just can’t seem to grasp that the error is again, yours.

    (Awaiting to see if you call me on the typo I added, sent out, then fixed. Lol)

    Now are you just gonna continue giving more supporting evidence to my theory that you are a fool? Or do you not have an actual retort to my one dimensional vs enigmatic comment? Continue believing whatever you want. Fact is though Thrawn is written to be enigmatic and you can’t disprove that but one dimensional is quite the subjective negative description to place on an enigmatic character. Check, your move genius.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    So according to your logic totally changing the topic from one dimensional vs enigmatic to a typo isn’t a Strawman? And just means I’m butt hurt? ROFLMFAO! Sorry, it means I’m laughing at you for again proving my point about that fool comment I made ealier, not that my feelings are hurt. You just keep digging a bigger and bigger hole for yourself.

    Again time stamp proves I’m right. Argue all you want. You are wrong. Simple as that. You made a huge deal over auto correct, which ironically you spelled wrong (let’s blame auto correct, but not aut ocorrect as you put it), now are just building and building your story to make yourself seem right. I don’t know why, nor care. Odds are though you just replied via the email and didn’t get an update. Fact is though, you did reply 3 hours later and I had fixed the typo almost 2 hours and 59 minutes before you noticed the error. Yet you just can’t seem to grasp that the error is again, yours.

    (Awaiting to see if you call me on the typo I added, sent out, then fixed. Lol)

    Now are you just gonna continue giving more supporting evidence to my theory that you are a fool? Or do you not have an actual retort to my one dimensional vs enigmatic comment? Continue believing whatever you want. Fact is though Thrawn is written to be enigmatic and you can’t disprove that but one dimensional is quite the subjective negative description to place on an enigmatic character. Check, your move genius.

  • Jonathan Ryan

    Rebels has used other EU stuff before and been pretty accurate to the old EU. In fairness no characters yet, just other stuff. Now that Lucas is gone we’ve from getting Quinlan Vos badass to surefer stoner, to getting quite accurate Interdictor Cruisers and the old Star Tours ride.

  • Nathan

    That definitely sounds par for the course for Rebels so far, but a part of me still believes they could be as good as Clone Wars and provide some actual weight and tension.

  • Saber Khai

    No. Thrawn “failing” to capture the Ghost and her crew could be all part of the Emperor’s overarching plan to have him discredited and subsequently “exiled” to the Unknown Regions and begin his true mission out there.

    This would work great for two reasons: First, it allows Disney to introduce a new, unimaginable threat to the crew of the Ghost and to the Rebellion yet have them survive the seemingly unimaginable odds, despite the fact there’s absolutely NO way they should.

    Second, it keeps his story close enough to the Legends story that fans will be happy, AND it allows for the occasional cameo return.