Author Timothy Zahn Weighs In On Thrawn’s Live-Action Debut
Timothy Zahn is one of the great Star Wars writers of all time. The mastermind behind the original Thrawn trilogy has given Star Wars fans some of the greatest stories ever told in a galaxy far, far, away.
While Zahn’s original trilogy is no longer considered canon, Dave Filoni and his team have recently incorporated many of Zahn’s characters and ideas into the mainline Star Wars universe.
With Grand Admiral Thrawn appearing in Star Wars Rebels and set to make his live-action debut in Ahsoka, many Star Wars fans have wondered if Lucasfilm will be telling Zahn’s Heir to the Empire story.
Thrawn Is The Same Character
Zahn himself weighed in on Thrawn’s inclusion in the Star Wars canon, noting that the character has essentially remained unchanged.
“There’s not much difference between the original Thrawn and the Thrawn of this new timeline,” he said. “It’s the same character, in different geopolitical conditions, surrounded by different characters, but he hasn’t changed.”
Writing Is Key
The question of how Thrawn will translate to live-action continues to linger. Zahn for his part, believes that it all comes down to writing.
“The danger is that the screenwriters write it badly. He is a tactician, always ahead of his enemies. Dave Filoni showed in Rebels that he understood the character. So I think everything will be fine, as long as Filoni and Jon Favreau remain at the helm.”
Luckily, both Favreau and Filoni have mentioned that they plan on meeting with Zahn.
“And I am of course available to help them if needed,” Zahn added. “We only talked briefly about all this but Dave promised to meet the writers and discuss with them in the near future.”
Lars Mikkelsen Gets Stamp of Approval
Last but not least, Zahn gave his stamp of approval to Lars Mikkelsen, who originally voiced the character in Star Wars Rebels, and will be reprising his role in Ahsoka.
“I visualize the characters in terms of attitude, not so much in time as voice or appearance. Lars Mikkelsen did a wonderful job with the voice. The actor is Danish. He doesn’t really have an accent but he has a particular vocal cadence when he plays Thrawn which gives him a little alien side. He’s the perfect cast.”
With Zahn’s storytelling, and Filoni and Favreau at the helm, Star Wars fans may finally get the post-Return of the Jedi story they have been waiting for.
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