Richard E. Grant’s Star Wars role has been revealed. Could Allegiant General Pryde be the franchise’s new Grand Moff Tarkin?

Thanks to Vanity Fair’s customary look at the upcoming and climactic instalment in the Star Wars Skywalker saga, we finally got our first glimpse at a whole host of new characters including Keri Russell’s Zorri Bliss and Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde.

But just how significant can this new First Order officer be in the final film in Star Wars’ sequel trilogy?

A lot of theories quickly sprung up when Richard E. Grant was announced as a cast member in Episode IX, with a large proportion of dedicated fans hoping to see the British actor bring Grand Admiral Thrawn to the big screen for the first time.

That is not the case, as Thrawn has recently been put to devastatingly good use in Star Wars Rebels in recent years.

This means that Grant will take on the new role of Allegiant General Pryde, a dedicated leader in the First Order military.

We don’t know much about the role as things stand but due to Grant’s seniority, many are already speculating that he could, in fact, outrank current First Order big-bad General Hux, portrayed in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi by Domhnall Gleeson.

If that was to be the case, it would put Grant’s Pryde into the same sort of bracket as A New Hope’s Grand Moff Tarkin, played by the wonderfully cheek-boned Peter Cushing. 

It would make a lot of sense to bring in a more senior figure to boost the stature of the First Order’s military capability as General Hux has always been seen as a bit of a bumbling fool to a degree, especially during The Last Jedi when Kylo Ren took charge of the neo-Nazi space army. 

It’ll be fascinating to learn more about Pryde over the coming months before the film’s release and we can’t wait to see just what role the Allegiant General plays.