It's been a few years since Star Wars Rebels has played on our TV screens, and even longer since the Grand Inquisitor served as the main antagonist for the Ghost crew. Tasked with hunting down and destroying surviving Jedi from Order 66, the Grand Inquisitor led the Inquisitorius group, answering directly to Darth Vader. The Grand Inquisitor, a former Jedi Temple Guard seen in The Wrong Jedi arc from The Clone Wars, entered Rebels early in its first season to capture and eliminate Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger.
While he was eventually successful in capturing Kanan, the former Padawan bested the Grand Inquisitor aboard Grand Moff Tarkin's Star Destroyer. Instead of living to face punishment at the hand of Vader, the Grand Inquisitor chose death by way of the fiery generator below. With the recent boom of The Mandalorian, characters from the animated series are finding their way into the world of live-action Star Wars television. Several characters from Rebels are already reported to be making their live-action debuts, and now the actor behind the Grand Inquisitor has casually thrown his villain into the hat...
In an interview with Collider via SuperHeroHype, actor Jason Isaacs said he would be interested in playing the Grand Inquisitor in live-action. Isaacs, who voiced the Inquisitor in the first season of Star Wars Rebels, provided one simple reason:
He has the coolest lightsaber in the entire Star Wars Universe.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Isaacs' interest in reprising the character in live-action has sparked a possibility that few have likely considered. The Grand Inquisitor hasn't been much of a force in Star Wars since early 2015, leaving him largely forgotten in the grand scheme of things, but he was a neat villain with an elegant twist that we don't usually see in the galaxy far, far away. We've seen his species, Pau'ans, from Utapau, in Revenge of the Sith, giving us live-action precedent and a convincing example of how well the character could be pulled off.
It's important to note that this is nothing more than Isaacs thinking openly about his animated characters he would like to play in live-action, so there is nothing remotely official in the works here. We never like to tell you odds, but a live-action appearance doesn't seem to be something on the forefront of Lucasfilm's plans, barring a brief cameo in a show like the Cassian Andor series. While this isn't something actively in the works, it's impossible not to mull over the possibilities of what the Grand Inquisitor could bring to live-action Star Wars.