The Mandalorian season two gave us some very important information about what’s happening in the post-Return of the Jedi galaxy. One of the biggest was that the beloved former Jedi Ahsoka Tano is hunting for Grand Admiral Thrawn.
This seemingly implies that Thrawn has returned, and fans of Star Wars Rebels realize what that means. At the end of the series, Thrawn disappeared to an unknown location with the Jedi Ezra Bridger. In the show’s epilogue, Ahsoka teamed up with the Mandalorian Sabine Wren to go off in search of Bridger, at some point following the Battle of Endor.
So with all of that in mind, when a spinoff live-action series featuring Ahsoka Tano was announced in December, people wondered if we’d see a live-action debut for Thrawn, Sabine, and/or Ezra. There has been all sort of speculation and rumors to those ends, and one of those rumors from (I believe) Kessel Run Transmissions was that Mena Massoud would be playing Ezra Bridger in the live-action series.
Obviously we should take that with a big grain of salt, but recently Massoud posted a tease on Instagram:
Ok, so you probably didn’t immediately look at the caption there, but that’s where the tease lies. Massoud wrote: “Hey, just so you know, when I escape I won’t hurt any of you.” That line is said by Ezra Bridger in Rebels, in the ninth episode of season two, titled “Stealth Strike.” Bridger and Commander Sato are taken prisoner by the Empire and Kanan Jarrus and Captain Rex must go undercover to rescue them. But while Ezra is being taken by stormtroopers to his cell, he says, “Hey, just so you know, when I escape I won’t hurt any of you.”
That’s very interesting. By itself, it might not mean a ton, but since there have been rumors recently to this end, it certainly grabs a bit more attention and warrants paying attention to.
Honestly, I have no idea whether this is happening. But I’ll just say that IF it does, I think it would be an absolutely fantastic casting choice. I thought Massoud was really good in Aladdin, and he could pull off both the look and the fun, easy-going attitude of Bridger really well. And it would be pretty ironic if the guy who played Aladdin wound up playing the guy whom many people compared to Aladdin early on in the series. So if this does happen, I’d be thrilled with the casting choice.