Mads Mikkelsen’s brother Lars confirmed to play iconic Star Wars villain Grand Admiral Thrawn in Ahsoka

Lars Mikkelsen Grand Admiral Thrawn Ahsoka Star Wars

Lars Mikkelsen is all set to play Grand Admiral Thrawn in the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka and fans cannot contain their excitement. The Danish actor, who is also the brother of actor Mads Mikkelsen, voiced the fan favorite villain character in the 2016 animated series Star Wars Rebels. Despite Thrawn’s vast popularity among Star Wars fans, Ahsoka will be the first major live-action show to feature him.

The announcement for the Ahsoka series came during Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023. At the same Celebration Stage, Lars Mikkelsen’s superstar brother Mads introduced the latest Indiana Jones trailer where he plays the villain Jürgen Voller. Meanwhile, at the panel for Ahsoka, Lars was announced to reprise his live-action role of Grand Admiral Thrawn from the 2016 animated show.


Who is Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Star Wars universe and what is his role in Ahsoka?

Thrawn is a well-developed villain character in the Star Wars universe, although he may not be familiar to those who only know the live-action movies. He was originally from the Star Wars Legends, which is a collection of video games, comics, and books that were published before Disney’s ownership of Lucasfilm. Later, he was reintroduced into the official canon and was the main character in his own novel trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

Thrawn, who has ice blue skin and crimson red eyes, is a beloved villain among serious Star Wars fans. However, when Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the Zahn novels were removed from the Star Wars canon and reclassified as Star Wars Legends. This was done to make space for the sequel film trilogy, starting with The Force Awakens in 2015.


Mads Mikkelsen’s brother Lars and his filmography

Lars Mikkelsen has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, both in Denmark and internationally. The 58-year-old Danish actor played the villainous Charles Augustus Magnussen in the third season of the BBC’s Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

Lars Mikkelsen Star Wars Ahsoka Grand Admiral Thrawn
Mads Mikkelsen and Lars Mikkelsen (Image courtesy of Pinterest)

Lars Mikkelsen also appeared in Netflix’s game-changer show House of Cards. He played Viktor Petrov, the Russian President modeled after his real-life equivalent, Vladimir Putin. He is also known for his work in Denmark in the TV series, ‘The Killing’ and the film, ‘Headhunter’.


What we know so far about the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka

Rosario Dawson will lead the cast of Dave Filoni’s new live-action Disney+ show. The series will be based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. In The Mandalorian episode called “The Jedi,” she played the role of Ahsoka Tano. 

The Mandalorian wanted her to train Grogu in the ways of the Force, but she refused. Despite this, she became his ally and helped him. In the episode, she also had a mission to find Grand Admiral Thrawn.

The series will also feature Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, and Eman Asfandi. They will play Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, and Ezra Bridger, respectively. 

Apart from them, Ray Stevenson will portray Sith Lord Baylan Skoll, and Ivanna Sakho will play Shin Hati. The show will start streaming on Disney+ in August 2023.


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