Sorry, Grand Admiral Thrawn fans but it looks like the character won't be showing up in Star Wars 9. At the very least, he's not going to be played by Richard E. Grant. The Logan and Spice World star was announced as one of the new cast members for the latest Star Wars adventure last month before production got underway. Speculation was stirred up rather quickly amongst the fanbase that maybe, just maybe, Grant was going to play Thrawn. Now, we have word from Grant himself that's not going to be the case. As one would imagine, details regarding Episode IX are being locked up good and tight for the time being. Still, Richard E. Grant was asked in a recent interview whether or not he's playing Thrawn, who was reintroduced to the current Star Wars canon in Rebels and has been the subject of a pair of recent novels by the character's creator, Timothy Zahn. Grant acknowledged that he can't say much, but was kind enough to confirm that Thrawn is off the table. Here's what he had to say. … [Read more...] about Richard E. Grant Is Not Playing Thrawn in Star Wars 9
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x For a while there, fans were getting excited over the possibility of Mara Jade appearing in Star Wars: Episode IX… until it was confirmed that Luke Skywalker’s wife from the Legends canon won’t be showing up in the trilogy closer. However, maybe we were barking up the wrong tree and a different celebrated character from the Expanded Universe is making a jump to the movies instead? In short, is Richard E. Grant playing Grand Admiral Thrawn? As we reported the other day, ever since the prolific British star (Logan, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) was revealed to be joining Episode IX last week, fans have been theorizing that he might be bringing Thrawn to live-action. The blue-skinned, red-eyed Imperial officer is part of the official canon thanks to his prominent role in Star Wars Rebels, where he’s voiced by Lars Mikkelsen, and we know how much Lucasfilm likes to plunder the animated series thanks to Saw Gerrera and … [Read more...] about Richard E. Grant Fuels Rumors That He’s Playing Thrawn In Star Wars: Episode IX
Star Wars: Episode IX, though details on his role were not disclosed. Now, Grant may have hinted that he will be playing a fan-favorite villain from the Star Wars Legends stories and the Star Wars Rebels series. Also read: Carrie Fisher Officially Confirmed To Appear In ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Grant’s addition to the cast of the next Star Wars film had some fans noting that the actor bore a striking resemblance to the villainous Admiral Thrawn, an Imperial military commander who assumed control of the Empire’s remaining forces after their defeat in Return of the Jedi. Now, Grant has fueled speculation that he will portray a live-action version of Thrawn after liking a Twitter post that enthusiastically responded to comparisons between Grant and Thrawn. You can check out a screencap of the Tweet in question below and note that the second “like” featured in the image is from Grant’s official Twitter account. Also read: Comic-Con: … [Read more...] about Is Richard E. Grant Teasing Admiral Thrawn Role In ‘Star Wars Episode IX’?
Watch what happens closely, cause Episode IX is starting to get really interesting. Right before the weekend got underway, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the official cast and production start date for Star Wars 9, which is this Wednesday, August 1. Among the many new details released, it was revealed that three new cast members had been added to the movie. Keri Russell was officially confirmed, alongside Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. While the Russell and Ackie characters haven't been revealed, we now have some hot and steamy rumors that Richard E. Grant is playing a new villain. Well, new to the big screen side of things at least Comic books and other novels have resurrected Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Legend side of the Star Wars universe and turned him canon. The character also appeared on the hit Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels. Now it is believed that Thrawn will be making his first ever big screen appearance in Star Wars 9. And he will be played by Richard E. … [Read more...] about Is Richard E. Grant Playing Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars 9?
The influence of Asian cinema on Star Wars is well documented. Famously the Jidaigeki genre of films, predominantly the work of Akira Kurosawa, had a major impact on George Lucas at a time when he was starting to discover world cinema. Set on making a Flash Gordon-esque space opera on a Roger Corman-esque budget, he intended for Star Wars to be a B-Movie hero’s journey (literally) by the book. Inspiration for the peripheral droid character narrative came directly from Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, and Lucas wanted to make his film half in Japanese, with Toshiro Mifune playing Obi-Wan. While the final product appropriated a range of Japanese storytelling devices rather than directly incorporating the culture, it’s a respectful homage as opposed to a shameless take. Jedi was mined from Jidaigeki, the peasants became R2D2 and C3PO, and the escorting of Princess Yuki became the saving of Princess Leia. Much like an artery pumping myth and … [Read more...] about Tales of Starlight and Rey: Asian storytelling in Star Wars