Hardcore Star Wars fans know that one of the best Star Wars stories ever told didn’t happen on screen, it happened in the Star Wars novels. Now we’ve learned that story is finally coming to the screen. Lucasfilm is working towards adapting Heir to the Empire.
We’ve been informed by our exclusive insider source that The Mandalorian and many of the upcoming Star Wars shows are headed towards a big crossover event. That crossover event will culminate in an adaptation of the book Heir to the Empire.
Heir to the Empire was the first novel in author Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy. Originally published in 1991 the book tells the story of the New Republic trying to hang on to control of the galaxy after defeating the Empire at the Battle of Endor. It involves the Imperial Remnant reforming under the leadership of a brilliant Grand Admiral named Thrawn. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because Grand Admiral Thrawn was teased in Mandalorian season 2. He’s the big bad Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano is on the hunt for.
The dropping of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s name wasn’t just a one off, it was a road map to the future of the franchise. Our source tell us that’s where The Mandalorian and upcoming spinoff shows like Star Wars: Ahsoka Tano are headed. They’re actually making Heir to the Empire, at last.
Our source is a proven insider with a track record of breaking stories like this. This source has, however, asked that we maintain anonymity.
Keep in mind that this is probably a long way off. The crossover will involve shows like Star Wars: Ahsoka Tano and Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic. Neither of those shows have even started filming yet. But our source insists that Disney has a road map for where it’s all headed and where it’s headed is Heir to the Empire.
This means Disney will definitely have to move forward with the recently rumored plans to recast iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa. All three figure heavily into the events of the Thrawn trilogy. It will likely also mean even more work for Donald Glover playing Lando Calrissian, since he’s a critical component as well. It could even mean that Glover’s announced Lando series will also be a critical part of the Heir to the Empire crossover event along with The Mandalorian, Rangers of the New Republic, and Ahsoka Tano.
Lucasfilm has learned a lot from watching Marvel and one of the big key’s to Marvel’s road map is that they had a plan from the beginning. Heir to the Empire is Star Wars’ first Avengers movie.