What The New ‘Star Wars’ Movies Need: Grand Admiral Thrawn

Big news on the “Star Wars VII” front last week as Latino Review revealed two characters, from previous “Star Wars” films, that are rumored to return in the new trilogy. Apparently, both Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid will be reprising their roles as young Obi-Wan Kenobi and the infamous Emperor Palpatine respectively. However, since both of said characters are now deceased, they’ll be re-appearing as Force ghosts.

Obviously, these are just rumors that could be based entirely on speculation. Odds are we won’t be hearing any official news about “Star Wars VII” until a little closer to its 2015 release date. With all of these wild rumors buzzing around the Internet, we can’t help but wonder what other characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe might pop up in the new trilogy. Take Grand Admiral Thrawn for example, the greatest Imperial officer that ever existed.

Born on the planet Csilla, Mitth’raw’nuruodo (Thrawn for short) quickly climbs up the ranks of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Forces utilizing military tactics frowned upon by the rest of his species, namely offensive and preemptive attacks. After being exiled to an uninhabited planet, Thrawn is soon discovered by Imperial Navy officer Voss Parck and brought back to Emperor Palpatine.

Thrawn is then admitted into the Empire, with the personal approval of Emperor Palpatine, and proceeds to rapidly climb up the Imperial ladder despite their strict non-Human species policy. Feared and respected by his enemies and allies alike, Thrawn is perhaps best known for his unorthodox military strategies; i.e. building psychological profiles on his enemies based on alien artwork and ancient artifacts.

Not only did he almost single-handedly destroy the entire New Republic, but Grand Admiral Thrawn also has a set of best-selling novels based around his ascension to power in a series of Star Wars books called the “Heir to the Empire” trilogy. As previously stated, he has an immense collection of art made by alien species throughout the galaxy as well as several extremely valuable artifacts, including a set of Mandalorian armor and General Grevious’s mask, all of which would be pretty cool to see up on the big screen.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is arguably one of the greatest enemies of the New Republic during the events that take place after “Return of the Jedi.” That being said, it would make complete sense if Thrawn were to be the main antagonist of the new “Star Wars” trilogy. Especially, considering the fact that the Sith have been all but wiped out from the galaxy. Maybe we’d even be introduced to Thrawn as he’s first discovered by Voss Parck. That way, we would be able to see his entire rise to power and how truly brilliant he is as a military leader and strategist.