‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Will Bring Back One of The EU’s Most Beloved Characters

By July 16, 2016
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It’s been a relatively quiet Star Wars Celebration this year. Following the release of the Rogue One footage and teaser trailer yesterday, there really hasn’t been all that much solid news worthy of fans really losing their minds over. I bet that going into this weekend as well, none of us would have guessed that possibly the biggest news would come from Star Wars Rebels season 3, and we all would have been wrong.

During the panel today, the creative team behind the series premiered the very first full teaser trailer for the third season, and not only does it bring back a number of notable characters, and picks up where we left off in the second season finale – it also introduces two big characters as well. The first being Bendu, an ancient being voiced by Doctor Who‘s Tom Baker, and (ready for this), the beloved character from the expanded universe – Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Check out the trailer below:

This is big news because Thrawn is a character from the expanded universe novels that up until this point, was not officially a part of the Star Wars canon, despite his legendary status amongst fans. The series’ version of the character will be voiced by Mads Mikkelsen’s brother, Lars Mikkelsen though, and it looks like from this brief bit of footage alone – he’s going to be just as ruthless and intelligent as he was in Timothy Zahn’s original novels.

The trailer also features a small appearance from Wedge Antilles, but Thrawn is the thing that everyone is talking about from this trailer, and rightfully so. The only thing I have to wonder now is, whether or not his inclusion could lead to the introductions of some of the other characters that were also introduced in the Thrawn trilogy as well… I may or may not be talking about a certain red haired bad ass.

We won’t have to wait long before we learn more about this version of Thrawn though, with his role in the new season of Rebels, and the new book from Timothy Zahn himself, titled Thrawn, that is set to hit bookshelves next year.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 will premiere on Disney XD this fall.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable