When the Mouse House got its hands on Lucasfilm in 2014, Star Wars stories from the Expanded Universe -- which included books, comic books, videogames and other media -- went from being canon to non-canon and were rebranded Star Wars Legends. The move left Star Wars fans gutted and not a little angry.
Sure, Disney and the now-called Lucasfilm Story Group needed the freedom to ensure that from now on all Star Wars stories (including upcoming books, comics, games and so on) set in a galaxy far, far away wouldn’t contradict the films and yeah, they couldn’t do that by being shackled to more than 35 years of content. However, since Legends and Disney’s new Star Wars Universe share a somewhat similar story, not everything would be completely scrapped.
Proof? There’s a new rumor floating around that a Star Wars Legends character who first appeared in the Expanded Universe will be making his debut in Star Wars Rebels for Season 3.
Making Star Wars reports:
I have heard that in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels we will be introduced to none other than the original blue guy himself, Grand Admiral Thrawn from Heir to the Empire. From the sound of things, we’re going to see Thrawn as the tactical genius of capital starship warfare he was to Expanded Universe readers in the ’90s. However, this time he will be using his evil brand of genius against the the heroes of the starship Ghost.
In the books, Grand Admiral Thrawn (a blue-skinned Chiss) was a major thorn in the side of the New Republic. He first appeared in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (which was published between 1991 and 1993), which included Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.
Five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, Thrawn took command of what was left of the Empire's forces, planning to fight off the New Republic. The character also appeared in various other Expanded Universe works, including five more books by Zahn. Question is, how will they introduce the character five years before the events of the original trilogy? What do you think?
(via Making Star Wars)