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Robert Downey Jr as Admiral Thrawn? Rumors suggest RDJ headed for Star Wars

There’s a rumor swirling around that Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to join the Star Wars universe for an unspecified role. And fanboys and fangirls are jumping at the idea of Robert Downey Jr as Admiral Thrawn for the new Star Wars franchise Disney is currently building.

So take all of this with a grain of salt but some Hollywood insiders are already stating that Downey Jr. is being courted by Disney to join the Star Wars franchise what with so many projects they have already lined up. Though its still not set in paper, they are still negotiating the contract and not the role.

However, given RDJ’s caliber, he may need to know already what they plan to do with him in the franchise before signing the dotted line.

That being said, the moment the rumors got posted online, fans were already linking his name with that of the biggest threat to the galaxy yet, one we haven’t seen for awhile now – Admiral Thrawn.

Here’s what people have been up to about this little nugget of information:

Admiral Thrawn is a brilliant and ruthless strategist, a male Chiss officer with blue skin and one of the more decorated personalities within the Empire. There were two versions of the character one during the Star Wars Expanded Universe aka Legends and the current one. We’re going to follow the current lore and backstory Disney has built for him too. You can read more about Thrawn on Wookiepedia.

This guy was feared throughout the galaxy and with the Hera and the rest of the cast of Star Wars Rebels having the bad luck of encountering. He was so much of a threat to the galaxy and the rebellion that Ezra Bridger had to sacrifice himself to stop Thrawn from getting what he wants and enacting his plans.

Years later, we see Ahsoka Tano (played by Rosario Dawson) teaming up with Din Djarin aka The Mandalorian to take down the Magistrate who apparently has information on Thrawn. So this little dialogue reveals that either Thrawn has escaped or the remnants of the Empire has found out where those creatures jumped into at the end of Rebels.

Now as for RDJ, according to his IMDB entry, there are two projects with him, one is the third Sherlock Holmes film aka Sherlock Holmes 3 with Jude Law which is in pre-production. There’s another one on post-production called All Star Weekend which stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. In this one he plays a “Mexican Stranger”.

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