A leaked audition tape may hint at the potential arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the live-action world of Star Wars.
Of course, speculation immediately turns to the long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, believed to follow the Jedi Master in the years between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It's certainly possible the search has begun for a primary antagonist.
British actor Adam Templar has posted an audition video of himself in blue makeup and red contact, and delivering dialogue that directly references Darth Vader:
Commander Farrow, I fear you worry far too much, let us just apply a little reasoning to our situation.
If I were Master Shakaar, where would I hide?
We know our Jedi is a man of solitude, nature, peace, comfort in these things he would find. So it is wise to deduce that a location of this sort would be of much interest to him, yes?
Okay, so the 132 worlds in this quadrant we can now narrow that down to a much smaller 28.
He would also try to avoid the established urban worlds as most of them are now under the command of the Empire. Hmmm..
Nature, peace, hmmm…
Commander, set the coordinates for the penal system we leave here dearly. Oh, and, umm, alert Lord Vader. The noose is tied and set.
It is time to catch a Jedi.
"Catch a Jedi" implies Thrawn is pursuing the last of the Jedi following Emperor Palpatine's Order 66. Given that Obi-Wan is one of those few remaining Jedi, the scene sounds like perfect Kenobi fodder. The inclusion of Darth Vader certainly suggests the audition is not for J.J. Abrams' upcoming Episode IX.
Add this to the fact that author Timothy Zahn only recently wrote a new Thrawn novel, and it makes sense that the character would make the transition to live-action movies at some point. Thrawn was introduced in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire, but a large portion of his backstory now lies in the now-defunct Legends canon. However, he was reintroduced into continuity with his role on the animated Star Wars Rebels, where he was voiced by Lars Mikkelsen.
Just as Saw Gerrera made the leap from Clone Wars to Rogue One (portrayed by Forest Whitaker) and back to Rebels, Thrawn is a prime candidate to appear in the ever-expanding world of Star Wars movies.
(via Omega Underground)