Grand Admiral Thrawn makes a grand entrance in first Star Wars Rebels Season 3 trailer

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Jul 18, 2016, 1:47 PM EDT

Lucasfilm has unleashed the first exciting trailer and poster for the third season of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels during this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, revealing the main antagonist for Season 3.

So, who will the Ghost and its crew face off against when the show returns?

Fan favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) -- a Star Wars character who first appeared in the old Extended Universe in Timothy Zahn’s 1991 book, Heir to the Empire -- will make his debut when Star Wars Rebels returns in the fall. And what's really important here, you guys, is that this will mark the iconic character’s first canon appearance in the Star Wars Universe EVER since the Expanded Universe was erased from official canon when the House of Mouse acquired the franchise in 2012. Have a look:



As you can see, the debut of Grand Admiral Thrawn is not the only exciting thing that stands out in the trailer. We have an older Ezra (Taylor Gray) trying to fight against the pull of the Dark Side, and a now-blind Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) using the Force to compensate the loss of his eyesight following his encounter with Darth Maul (Sam Witwer) in the dramatic Season 2 finale.

Talking of the Sith Lord, it’s clear he’ll be back to cause even more grief for our beloved rebels. There’s also a very cool -- if brief -- appearance by legendary X-Wing pilot and Rogue Squadron member Wedge Antilles, seen here as a young Imperial cadet trying to defect from the Galactic Empire. You go, Wedge! Plus, flying Stormtroopers?!

Are you excited to see Grand Admiral Thrawn make his first canon appearance in Star Wars Rebels?