Star Wars: Rebels – Jason Isaacs Confirmed as the Voice of the Inquisitor

Inquisitor - Star Wars: Rebels

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Jason Isaacs has been confirmed as the voice of the Inquisitor in the upcoming Disney animated series, Star Wars: Rebels.

Entertainment Weekly gives us a closer look this morning about the new Star Wars: Rebels villain, the Inquisitor. In a new official “First Look” video, we learn a bit more about the character, its development, and its creators’ intentions for its role in Rebels. We also get to see Jason Isaacs voicing the character.

Isaacs certainly brings a lot to the table in terms of his ability to create cold, refined villains who emanate the sort of quiet power that has the potential to explode into a display of brute force. He may be best known for his featured role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but I would also highly recommend checking out his turn as Col. William Tavington in The Patriot. It was that role in particular that made me feel that Jason Isaacs would have made a fine choice for a younger version of Grand Moff Tarkin, had Lucas chosen to include Tarkin in the prequels.
Jason Isaacs - Tavington
As for the Inquisitor himself, the EW article highlights a quote from the “First Look” video that I think bodes well for the character.

“He’s cold, he’s analytical, he doesn’t get angry,” said Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo. “We all took care to make sure our villains have real presence and our heroes just can’t walk all over him. This isn’t like cartoons I grew up with in the 80s where you’d have the villain lose every week and yet every week we’d have to believe he’s some sort of threat. When The Inquisitor shows up, it means something significant and it’s a definite challenge for our heroes.”

Sounds rather promising! We shall find out soon enough, as Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere this fall on DisneyXD.

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27 thoughts on “Star Wars: Rebels – Jason Isaacs Confirmed as the Voice of the Inquisitor

  • July 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Brilliant choice. He was great as Lucius Malfoy and Jackson Brodie in Case Histories. He’s a very diverse and great actor.

  • July 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Can we leave this stuff to the likes of and concentrate on “Star Wars 7 news” please?

  • July 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Don’t mind the choice. Liked his role in the Patriot. I must say tho, Vader better have a strong presence in this show. After all didn’t Obi Wan claim that Vader hunted down and killed the Jedi Knights?

    • July 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Truth be told, I’ve had the same concerns about Vader’s role (or apparent lack thereof) in Rebels. Obi Wan did indeed tell Luke that Vader “helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights.”

      I assume that, for the LFL Story Group, the operative word here is “helped”. This implies that Vader did not hunt the Jedi down single-handedly. And of course, this leaves the door open for other Imperial operatives such as the Inquisitor to have also had a hand in the extermination of the Jedi.

      However, Obi Wan’s statement also seems to imply an active role on Vader’s part. I hope that the creators of SW: Rebels take this into account and don’t just leave Vader off somewhere playing “Jedi Purge VP of Operations.” At some point, I would hope that Vader would enter the fray and finish what the Inquisitor cannot.

      And really, I would expect that this might be how the series eventually ends. The Inquisitor cannot, after all, continue to pursue the Jedi forever without closing the deal. I could see the series culminating in Vader finally taking matters into his own hands – and probably taking the Inquisitor out in the process.

      But who knows? I definitely understand where you’re coming from on this, though, and I tend to agree with you.

      • July 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        Good point. Only concern I have with Vader coming back is; who will do his voice? Wouldn’t feel the same without James Earl Jones.

        • July 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

          Ideally they’d get James Earl Jones to do it, of course.

          If he is unable to, though, I think they can probably find somebody to do a fairly decent imitation of Jones’ Vader voice. There were a couple of rather impressive voice-over efforts in The Clone Wars, I thought. Ian Abercrombie in particular did a fine job in mimicking Ian McDiarmid’s voice as the Emperor, and I also thought the actors who did Obi Wan and Yoda pulled it off pretty well too.

          It’s just a matter of finding the right v/o artist who can get the nuances down. Again, the best solution would be to actually get James Earl Jones, but if not… well, it can be done.

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I am altering your perception of this dark period. Pray I don’t- oh, f*** it, don’t bother.

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Interesting that he is labeled in that video as “The Hunter.” Reminds me of the Jedi Hunters rumors.

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      I didn’t catch that at first. Good eye.

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I still hate this character even if he’s voiced by the incredible Jason Isaacs. He is a villain between episodes 3 and episodes 4, who is an emperial enforcer with a lightsaber, who’s task is to hunt down the last of the Jedi, and he is “cold, he’s analytical, he doesn’t get angry,”

    I mean that’s literally who darth vader is.. What a wasted opportunity.

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Sure, Vader never got angry. Like that time he strangled Captain Antilles and screamed that he wanted Princess Leia alive.

      • July 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        Yes he strangled captain antillis but it was very calmly. Whenever he strangled somebody he just did it and then made a sarcastic quip “I find your lack of faith distrubing”, “apology accepted captain needa”. It was extremely rare that he actually lost his temper. The only time I can really think of was at the start of the original film – “Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans, and bring me the passengers. I want them alive!”. But Vader was not angry as a person.

        • July 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

          I disagree just slightly. While he didn’t show his anger often if at all, he was definitely angry inside. Quick to use his force (no pun) on those who upset him in one way or another. But being half the man you once were might make us all a bit upset.

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Something interesting I saw in the YouTube comments section for the video is a dialogue between a user and the official Star Wars Channel itself.

    YouTuber: You guys have to do darth vader. Also in a episode bring in a guest star like obiwan or yoda.

    Star Wars Channel: You’ll have to watch and see what happens!

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      OMG that is so interesting.

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Viral do an update about Andy Serkis confirming about he’s not playing Jar Jar Binks.

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I’ve heard no official confirmation about that. The last rumor I heard is that George Lucas made Jar Jar a pivotal character in the ST treatments and he blames Ahmed Best for not truly portraying Jar Jar to his full potential and hence the casting of Andy Serkis

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    DEKKA129: isn´t that a Young Tarkin in the end of ep.III where the emperor & Darth Vader stands on a star destroyer (or something similar) looking out the window on the framework to the Death star being built???

    You just see him walk away, i have not checked wookieepedia or anything, but it really looks like a Young Tarkin & i Always thought that it was

    • July 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      It was. The actor they used was heavily made up to resemble the actor who played tarkin

    • July 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Indeed it is. But it’s a tiny little background walk-on (or, in this case, walk-off) and I’ve never been sure whether it was an actor in makeup or just a quick CGI job.

      Either way, the Tarkin character wasn’t featured in the prequels to any substantial degree. And really, I think he should have been. After all, he’s not just another Imperial military officer in ANH. He’s in charge of the friggin’ Death Star, and appears to hold rank equal to or above Vader himself.

      There was plenty of justification to include him as an actual character in the PT, as he obviously rose to such a high level of influence for a reason.

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Who was the Inquisitor talking to when he mentioned this line? “your devotion to your master is admirable. but it will not save you. Nothing can” – From what i know, kanan has no Jedi Master and is not a Jedi Master himself. So that rules out Ezra too. So I’m guessing he was talking to Obi-wan and the “master” in effect was Yoda?

    • July 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Maybe he’s talking to Vader? 😮 that’d be pretty gnarly.

  • July 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Excellent choice

  • July 18, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I´m still wondering what the hell a spanish middle ages name is doing in a galaxy far far away? Perhaps he will burn space witches? 🙂

  • July 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hello to Jason Isaacs.

  • July 21, 2014 at 10:15 am


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