Richard E. Grant Can’t Tell His Family His Character’s Name From Episode IX

First of all this article is going to be split into two parts. What Richard E. Grant said and then what another Site is “Saying” with a blatantly obvious Clickbait Title. Because I think it’s necessary to address both. A sort have comparison on how to report on News. There’s a right way and a wrong way.

During a recent episode of the British eponymous talk show, The Graham Norton  Show, Grant spoke briefly about the upcoming film and how tight security is throughout the production.

 “Yes, I am in the last Star Wars. I have no idea [if I’ll be recognisable] because I’ve not even been allowed to tell my family what the name of my character is. If I told you I would get fired. We’re not even allowed to take the script home. There is a lot of security.”

– Richard E. Grant

Now I’ve seen already over social media a “Site” (Known for it’s clickbait content) focusing on the first line, which I’ll get to in a moment. Because that’s not what’s important about his comment. Grant says “if I’ll be recognisable“. That right there might be telling us a few things. So this’ll be me speculating.

  1. It’s possible his Character isn’t human, it doesn’t look like him, he looks different.
  2. The use of Makeup/Prosthetics might be playing a factor in the creation of his Character.
  3. Name of the Character. Okay, usually as part of your contract you aren’t allowed to talk about Production, it’s normal in films like this. But, again it might be possible it’s a known name. If it were to slip out, Fans could easily know who he is portraying.
  4. I’m just looking to deeply into this.

Now I know there will be some folks out there reading this and thinking: “Thrawn”. Now I would love that. He was a great villain in Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn Trilogy” and again is a great villain in Star Wars: Rebels Seasons 3 & 4. But Grant has already brought this up before via the Radio Times:

“I’m not playing the Star Wars character you just mentioned, I’m not allowed to tell you anything. Otherwise I would be fired.”

– Richard E. Grant


Who knows, maybe he’s telling the truth, or telling us a little fib. He is after all under contract. But while we don’t know who his character is, we might have an idea as to his role in Episode IX. During a podcast appearance last year with Happy Sad Confused podcast, Grant’s recollection of the casting process implied that he could be playing a member of the military.

“I got sent a 10-page generic sort of, I think, it was an interrogation scene clearly from a 1940’s British B-picture because the references were not Star Wars and the language was something that my grandfather would have spoken in and I thought, you know, the three contrasting scenes that you were supposed to show as much versatility you could muster in a self-taping situation, so I did that and sent it off and it goes into cyberspace and you don’t even think about it again because it’s what actors, you know, what you do all the time, you audition, send stuff out and never hear [back].”

– Richard E. Grant

Obviously as time goes on (after all we’re still in January, there still over 11 months to go until Star Wars Episode IX is released) we’ll find out more about his Character. It will be interesting as apparently Matt Smith will also being starring in Episode IX as well. It would be quite interesting to see if both Grant and Smith will interact with each other after appearing together in the latter half of Series 7 of Doctor Who.

Now that was in depth. Sources with quotes, some information, a little speculation, which is address as speculation. A title that tells you what you are getting. That’s how you go about with an article like this. Because it would be wrong to be misleading and deceiving to your readers and of course Star Wars Fans. Like the title to We Got This Covered’s article:

That, as Tom Hardy’s Mad Max would say, “That’s Bait”.  Or Clickbait as it’s commonly known. You are essentially lying to people with a title like that. Hook, line and sinker. There will be Fans that aren’t so up to date with Star Wars News and may see this and panic. Clicking on it to find out if this is the case. Only to find out four paragraphs in, that isn’t the case.

I’m sorry but it’s poor and unprofessional to bait fans like that. It’s obvious Richard E. Grant is just generalising, he is in the last Star Wars film of not only the Sequel Trilogy, but of the Skywalker Saga. There are other films coming such as Rian Johnson’s Spin Off Trilogy and the David Benioff and D. B. Weiss series of films. LucasFilm have confirmed this. So to start of your article with a title like that is most likely deliberate.

It’s getting annoying, these large news sites, that are supposed to be professionally ran, like the Express, the Mirror, MovieWeb etc with an actual team of writers, that get payed to churn out such tripe. Sourcing baseless rumours or speculation as fact and running with it. Either from an unnamed Reddit source or a YouTuber with zeroh credibility creating four or five videos a day on so called leaks from the upcoming film. Even going as far to recycle them.

 Yeah, no. As Richard E. Grant said “There is a lot of security.” And leaking has consequences. There hasn’t been eight leaks about Episode IX in the past 24 hours. LucasFilm is NOT that careless. I think HelloGreedo put it best in his latest video.

I know I went on a rant during that second half, but as someone who runs an independent Site and knows plenty of other Sites and Channels in the same boat, it’s annoying. If you want legit news now regarding Star Wars, follow an independent Star Wars News Site or Channel.

Sources: The Graham Norton Show, Radio TimesHappy Sad Confused podcast &

Written by: Connor Heggie