Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Grand Admiral Thrawn !

I gather that the original heroes of Star Wars IV to VI, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo, are likely to return in a new episode set several decades after "Return of the Jedi."

There have been a number of first rate books by top rank Science Fiction authors such as Roger MacBride Allen and Timothy Zahn set in the Star Wars Universe and I shall be watching to see if any of their ideas are used.

Since Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be on a pretty incredible roll this year, with appearances as Sauron in "The Hobbit" and Khan Noonien Singh in "Star Trek" as well as a third series of Sherlock, I wonder if he might be the first major actor to get roles in both "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" films.

Grand Admiral Thrawn, described as "arguably the greatest military genius the galaxy had ever known" is basically what a combination of "Sherlock" and Khan might look like in the Star Wars Universe, so it will be interesting to see if anyone thinks of casting Mr Cumberbatch in the role ...

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