While Star Wars fans and the Internet want Richard E. Grant to be Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars: Episode IX, the actor made some comments recently that hint at him playing an all-new character, but one hardcore Star Wars fans may have heard about from the dark corners of the galaxy. I’m still not sure how he can be playing a new character that people may have heard of, because that kind of disqualifies the whole “new” word, but I’m intrigued none the less based on some of his recent comments.

Based on what Grant told RadioTimes one could infer that he could be playing a unique character. Grant said, “I hadn’t thought of it like that, but the character is just mine!” Grant shared with  when discussing the opportunity of breathing life into a unique new character. “I don’t know about the action figure or whether there will be one, but this is pretty amazing.”

He went on to describe why the film has been so secret, and it sounds like we’re all in for a mega-surprise that may or may not involve his character. He said, “Oh, it’s definitely worth it, if you’re a Star Wars fan, and I am, then knowing what’s coming in this is quite something. I absolutely understand why they’re so secretive about it,because it’s very exciting.”

Richard went on in another interview to discuss his role yet again, but this time, it does sound like he thinks some fans may be able to recognize who he is playing, but with the all the secrecy he’s concerned with, it’s hard to truly infer what he’s saying. When asked about his role for Episode IX Grant explained, “Yes, I am in the last Star Wars. I have no idea [if I’ll be recognizable] because I’ve not even been allowed to tell my family what the name of my character is,” Grant shared with The Graham Norton Show [H/T Express]. “If I told you I would get fired. We’re not even allowed to take the script home. There is a lot of security.”

I don’t know, I think there is plenty to speculate on based on what Grant is saying, but he’s pretty damn good at saying a lot without saying a damn thing, so it really is tough to figure out where to go with it. You know Nick and I will break it down on the next episode of Star Wars Time, so stay tuned for our hot, and probably dumb takes on Grant’s latest Episode IX comments.

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Matt is literally from a galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars has consumed his life, and made him the geek that he is. He's no fan of the Prequels, but still loves the Maker. When he's not recording his unstable takes for the Star Wars Time podcast, he's either working on EntertainmentBuddha.com, taking pictures of Star Wars toys, or trying to legitimately wield the Force.