Warwick Davis will make his Star Wars Rebels debut tonight, during the double bill of new episodes airing on Disney XD. Davis’ involvement in Star Wars Rebels season 4 was announced back at the Celebration back event in April. He will play Grand Admiral Thrawn’s personal assassin/bodyguard, an alien antagonist by the name of Rukh.
Davis, of course, is a mainstay in the Star Wars series. As a child, the British actor played the divisive Ewok character Wicket W. Warwick in original trilogy finale Return of the Jedi. He went on to cameo in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens and Rogue One and has already filmed cameos for The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, cementing his position as the Stan Lee equivalent of the Star Wars galaxy. Davis also appeared in every Harry Potter movie, the legendary Lucasfilm flick Willow, and one of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who episodes. It would be fair to call him a geek icon.
Until now, though, animated Star Wars output had been oddly absent of Davis’ CV. Perhaps that’s why he’s so enthusiastic about this new Star Wars role, taking to Twitter to herald his Rebels debut with a picture of Rukh and brief character description:
Davis will appear in the first of the two new episodes set to air tonight. It’s the seventh episode of the show’s fourth season, which is going by the title “Kindred”. His character sounds like a force to be reckoned with, described by Davis himself as “mean” and “sneaky”. It’ll be interesting to see how he causes trouble for the Ghost crew, who are currently enduring their final season of televised adventures.
However, this show does have a track record for turning villains to the light side. Given that Davis is such a beloved figure in the Star Wars fandom, could it be possible that his character is redeemed and recruited by the good guys, akin to the arc of David Oyelowo’s Agent Kallus? Fans of the show will just have to wait and see. In Legends, Rukh assassinated Thrawn when he learned the Grand Admiral was intentionally keeping his home world of Honoghr in a poor state so its people remained indebted to the Empire, so something similar could be in store here.
Davis, of course, isn’t the first veteran of the Star Wars movies to make an appearance on Rebels. James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels all beat him to it. Interestingly enough, Davis is the first of these movie franchise alumni to play a different character in Rebels, as opposed to reprising their film role.
Star Wars Rebels airs Mondays on Disney XD.
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