It is no secret that Warwick Davis loves ‘Star Wars,’ the franchise has been good to him, and he has been an amazing part of it for decades, starting with his very first role as Wicket the Ewok in ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Since then he has gotten to return to the franchise for parts in ‘The Phantom Menace’ and ‘The Force Awakens,’ but as of late he has been pushing for Dave Filoni to let him voice a character in ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ even going so far as to give a mock audition to Filoni during last year’s Star Wars Celebration in front of the fans. And now it seems Davis has finally gotten his wish, as Filoni has cast the actor in the final season of ‘Rebels,’ and not only that, but given him a very intriguing character to play.
Davis will be voicing Rukh, and for anyone who does not know the history of the famous Noghri assassin from the old Expanded Universe (currently known as the Legends stories), Rukh was Grand Admiral Thrawn’s personal bodyguard, always at his side. He defended Thrawn from any number of foes, and I personally was a little disappointed not to see Rukh incorporated into the story when they introduced Thrawn on ‘Rebels.’ Especially since, in the end, it was Rukh who finally brought about the end of Grand Admiral Thrawn, killing the villain once Rukh and his people learned that Thrawn and the Empire had been secretly poisoning their planet and only pretending to help them recover in order to retain their loyalty and services. Of course, I do not know if they’ll go that far in ‘Rebels,’ as I kind of hope that Thrawn stays alive a little bit longer in the new ‘Star Wars’ continuity to cause problems for more characters down the road, but then again, why introduce the character known for killing Thrawn if you do not have that idea in mind in some form (unless the whole thing is a red herring).
What do you think? Will we see Rukh fulfill his Legends destiny and end the threat of the Grand Admiral on ‘Rebels?’ What do you think of Warwick Davis taking on the part? Share your opinions and theories in the comments below!