You Cast ‘Star Wars: Heir to the Empire’: Captain Gilad Pellaeon


Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Heir to the Empire was a blockbuster and boundary breaker: It broke out of the fan underground and onto the New York Times Bestseller list, broke down the boundaries between film and written word, proving succinctly that a story is never truly over as long as someone wants to hear more, and broke through the known limits of the Star Wars universe, exploring places that the original trilogy never did. Would we have had an Expanded Universe without Heir to the Empire? Probably not.

Heir to the Empire picks up five years after Return of the Jedi. The galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Emperor. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins and Luke Skywalker is now the first in a long awaited new line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light-years away the last of the Emperor’s warlords-the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn-has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet. He’s ready it for war and aimed it right at the heart of the fragile new republic.

Fans would love to see an Heir to the Empire movie, and we would too! To celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire, we’re going to indulge in a little game of what-if, and we’d like for you to play along. We thought it would be fun to try to cast each of the book’s major roles, and after a little email brainstorming, we came up with a list of likely candidates to portray the key characters. We’d like our readers to help narrow them down and cast the movie.

Starting today, we’ll list a character each weekday and the five actors we think are right for the part. You simply vote for the actor you want to see win the role. Don’t like our choices? Cast a write-in vote using the embedded poll software! We’ll announce our final cast on September 20.

Oh, and we should mention that since it’s been decades since Return of the Jedi was filmed we’ll need to recast all of the characters, so we’ll be asking you to cast new actors in some of the saga’s most iconic roles. Controversial? Maybe. Fun to discuss? You bet!

Today’s character is Captain Gilad Pellaeon.


Captain Gilad Pellaeon: Born on Corellia but raised on Coruscant, Gilad Pellaeon dreamed of becoming a Naval officer. Falsifying his age, 15 year-old Pellaeon was accepted to the Raithal Academy. After making a name for himself in the Clone Wars, Pellaeon continued his Naval career under the Galactic Empire. During the Battle of Endor Pellaeon assumed command of the Star Destroyer Chimaera and eventually issued the order to retreat after the destruction of the second Death Star. Pellaeon remained a prominent officer in what was left of the Imperial fleet and eventually served directly under Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Here are five actors we think might make a good Captain Pellaeon. Click the links to view their IMDB profiles, and then vote for your choice:

Sam Elliot
Tommy Lee Jones
Robert DeNiro
Jeff Bridges
Dale Dye

Click here to vote for round two: Talon Karrde