Is… Is Benedict Cumberbatch Actually ADMIRAL THRAWN in STAR WARS EPISODE 7?

Before you lovely Star Wars purists march on the Madrid field office of UTF, please stow your misguided fanboy rage for just a teeny, tiny moment. Yes, I’m fully aware that J. J. Abrams has promised that Star Wars Episode 7 and the new trilogy will not recycle material from the Expanded Universe, but J.J. is a bit of a liar… and I don’t trust him. He’s disseminated misinformation in the past in order to preserve the chastity of his geeky projects. Remember how adamantly he denied that Benedict Cumberbatch would portray Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness? Or that the famous “Spock” death scene wouldn’t be recreated in anyway?

Well, what if Abrams is fibbing about Star Was Episode 7? What if he utilizes a few story threads form the Expanded Universe of books and comics. Latino-Review (the folks who revealed Cumberbatch-Khan last year)¬†adamantly¬†defend their claim that Benedict has been cast for Episodes 7, 8, and 9, and even though I personally think the writers are a bit dickish over there, you can’t knock their scoop record. Even though I kinda did a while back…

In any case, assuming Cumberbatch has been cast (which is a very likely assumption), isn’t he the perfect candidate for Grand Admiral Khan… errr, I meant to say Grand Admiral Thrawn? He always plays a pensive, calculating, fish eyed villain on the big screen, which is perfect for this Imperial loyalist. And while I’d love to see Cumberbatch cast against type, and assume the ways of the Jedi, I believe he’ll be a villain. Of course, my Thrawn hopes and dreams are as unsubstantiated as the next wild fanboy theory, and the British thespian of Sherlockian fame could very well be a Sith, corrupt politician, or any number of baddies. Still, even though the Expanded Universe has been abandoned by LucasFilms, I believe Admiral Thrawn is a perfectly viable addition to the cinematic canon.

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  • Gajonka

    Admiral Thrawn would be a breathe of fresh air – we need a good, evil villain. Not sold on cumberbatch. Similar to Strohng, another brit who was hyped in multiple villain roles ( Holmes, Hood) he only earnsa 7 rating. Hardy is a good villain – and we need someone who can be scary. I say – green light – the blue faced thrawn.

    • drd7of14

      Get Tom Hardy the hell out of that role. He doesn’t look a thing like him, and can’t act in that way for his life. He never comes close to portraying a smart villain. Shinzon…I’m looking at you. Seriously though, he’s not that good. And he certainly wouldn’t be good for the role of Thrawn. One has to speak, act, and look, like a mastermind. A facehugger mask isn’t called for, in this role.

  • Gabriel

    And Martin Freeman (with a mustache) will play Admiral Pellaeon.