Original Thrawn Voice Actor Still Rumored to Reprise the Role on Ahsoka
Original Grand Admiral Thrawn voice actor Lars Mikkelsen is still rumored to reprise the role in the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka.
Bespin Bulletin cites several sources close to the production itself (or in touch with those who are) who insist that Mikkelsen will play the live-action incarnation of Thrawn. At least one insider also claimed that the Danish star's costume will match the distinctive white uniform Thrawn wore in the Star Wars Rebels animated series. It's worth noting that neither Lucasfilm nor Disney+ have made any public announcements about casting the Thrawn role and Mikkelsen is not officially attached to the production at this stage.
Speculation surrounding Mikkelsen's involvement with Ahsoka has swirled around online for at least a year now. In July 2021, the actor was named alongside Aladdin's Mena Massoud in a casting report that claimed they were officially signed on to play Thrawn and Ezra Bridger, respectively. This report was later debunked when Eman Esfandi landed the Ezra role in September 2022, although the Thrawn part remaining vacant continues to keep hopes for Mikkelsen's return alive.
Will Ahsoka Feature Any Star Wars Rebels Actors?
If Mikkelsen does wind up reprising the Thrawn role, it will make him one of only a few actors invited to portray the live-action version of a character they've voiced before. Not even Ahsoka herself is played by the performer who first brought the one-time Jedi padawan to life, as Ahsoka star Rosario Dawson previously took over the role from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels voice actor Ashley Eckstein. Eckstein will still provide Ahsoka's vocals for the upcoming animated anthology series Tales of the Jedi, however.
Eckstein's Rebels co-star Tiya Sircar was likewise replaced by another actor in Ahsoka, with Natasha Liu Bordizzo stepping into Sabine Wren's boots for the Disney+ series. Bordizzo recently discussed the audition process for Ahsoka, revealing that she didn't even know she was reading for a Star Wars show at the time. The star also said that the confidentially surrounding the production was so intense that she was supplied sides from '80s classic Top Gun rather than anything Star Wars-related.
Bordizzo has also gone on the record regarding Ahsoka's connections to Rebels, making it clear that viewers don't need to be familiar with the latter to enjoy the former. "It’s great for them to have seen [Rebels], but we’ve got a standalone chapter as it is," she said.
Ahsoka is slated for release on Disney+ sometime in 2023.
Source: Bespin Bulletin