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“He’s not a Jedi, not a superhero, He has the brain”: Lars Mikkelsen Claims Grand Admiral Thrawn is Ahsoka’s True Rival

"He's not a Jedi, not a superhero, He has the brain": Lars Mikkelsen Claims Grand Admiral Thrawn is Ahsoka's True Rival

Lars Mikkelsen is all set to reprise his role as Grand Admiral Thrawn in Disney’s new live-action series Ahsoka. Previously, the actor voiced the legendary Star Wars villain in the animated spin-off series, Star Wars: Rebels. His comeback as the same was announced during the Star Wars Celebration fan convention in London a few days ago, where the actor seemed extremely excited to bring this character to life once again.

Lars Mikkelsen, Danish actor
Lars Mikkelsen, Danish actor

Speaking on this in an interview recently, the actor revealed his own expectations with his character and what truly makes the Grand Admiral one of the most devious villains the franchise has ever experienced. 

According to him, although the new ruler of the Empire does not have any traditional superpowers, he is set to prove himself as one of the strongest foes the main character Ahsoka will have to face. However, as the show unravels, he claims that not only her, but the audience too, will see what makes Grand Admiral Thrawn one of the strongest to ever exist.

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Lars Mikkelsen claims Thrawn is Ahsoka’s true rival

Gracing one of the last panels at the Star Wars Celebration fan convention, Lars Mikkelsen expressed his enthusiasm to reprise his role as Grand Admiral Thrawn. He also expressed his admiration for the deeply conniving mind of his character, saying, “That bloke, he doesn’t have the force. He’s not a Jedi, he’s not a superhero of any kind, but he has the brain.” And through that, he manages to outshine all the above-mentioned and then some. 

He mused a little about his own vision of how Thawn in that regard will stack up against the protagonist Ahsoka, Sabine, and the other ‘good’ characters people are gonna see and they will antagonize in the series. 

Lars Mikkelsen at the Star Wars Celebration panel
Lars Mikkelsen at the Star Wars Celebration panel

Answering his own question, he said, “His superpower is his mind, which is really and always like seven paces ahead of everybody. And I’m in that sense also ahead of you as an audience, I think. So that’s what you expect.” This only added to hardcore Star Wars fans’ already bursting excitement about the series.

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Lars Mikkelsen’s Thrawn to lead the antagonistic force 

Grand Admiral Thrawn came to life in the 1990s series of Star Wars novels which were later taken out of the canon universe to focus more on the last three movie sequels after Disney took over Lucasfilm. However, the ice-blue-skinned Admiral, who was trying to reign the Empire by taking control of the Imperial Fleet and destroying the New Republic, was already a fan-favorite by then. 

As such, his appearance in Star Wars: Rebels, voiced by Lars Mikkelsen, gave fans not only a reward for their patience but also a hope that they will see him in a live-action project at some point.

Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars: Rebels
Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars: Rebels

Set in between the 1983 Return of the Jedi and A New Hope, these novels shed more light on what was happening in the intergalactic regime at that point. However, Thrawn is not the only villain Ahsoka will have to face. Two other Siths named Baylon Skoll and Shin Hati will also make up the antagonistic force against her. 

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These panoptic series of Star Wars lores began their journey with The Mandalorian and are expected to be eventually concluded by three feature films by Dave Filoni. Although nothing about the movies is yet disclosed, except that they will be set in the “deep past” shedding light on the origin of the Force, it was confirmed by the creators that these three movies will make up a new phase of Star Wars when they arrive. 

Ahsoka is expected to be released in August 2023 on Disney+.

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Written by Anushree Banerjee

Anushree Banerjee has a Master's in English, a dollar, and a dream to master the craft of writing stories one day. For now, she makes herself happy with anime, cinema, celebrities and the numerous books piling up on her shelf. After hustling a bit with technical writing, she has finally found her comfortable corner at FandomWire writing about people on the big screen.