Grand Admiral Thrawn is the greatest threat to the galaxy during the early years of the New Republic. This was stated by Dave Filoni in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The filmmaker, who is now working on the Ahsoka series, will direct the film that will cross all the products derived from The Mandalorian. The narrative will focus on a pivotal event of this period.
“Definitely, in my eyes,” Filoni replied when asked if he is the threat of the time. “When Timothy Zahn wrote Heir To The Empire, Thrawn became this very iconic villain, because he was different than anything we’d seen before. He wasn’t another helmet-wearing, lightsaber-wielding bad guy, you know? There’s a lot of pull to make characters that are like Vader, because it is so iconic. But the boldness that Tim had was to make somebody that wasn’t like that, that didn’t have those abilities, but could fight in a different way.”
Clues in The Bad Batch
He also highlights Thrawn as a Grand Admiral, leader, and military strategist. “He’s a critical player in this time period. We’re fortunate to have that character, and fortunate to have Lars [Mikkelsen] playing him.” According to Filoni, he wants to ensure that the villain is true “honouring ideas that Tim [Zahn] had,” so he showed him what he had in store for him. “In The Bad Batch, there is actually some crossover with the book Heir To The Empire in the military base of Tantiss. So there are little things along the way that I’ve built across different mediums, all in preparation for things that come later.”
Heir to the Empire is a trilogy of novels from the old Legends canon. Written by Timothy Zahn, it tells a series of stories set after the events of Return of the Jedi. Although the plot is no longer canon, Dave Filoni rescued Grand Admiral Thrawn for the animated series Star Wars: Rebels. Since then, the official lore has taken elements of the Expanded Universe to shape the time of the New Republic.
The Star Wars movie by Dave Filoni still does not have a release date confirmed. Ahsoka arrives in August 2023.
Source | EW (via Reddit)