Emmy-nominated actor Sam Witwer is probably best known
as the voice of the famous and fearsome Star Wars villain ‘Darth
Maul’. Witwer has done extensive work for the storied Lucasfilm/
Disney franchise, including Star Wars: Clone Wars, for which he
earned an Emmy nomination in 2013 as “Outstanding Performer
in an Animated Program,” and Star Wars: Rebels. His memorable
performance gave him the opportunity to reprise his role in the
2018 blockbuster franchise prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Working opposite such talents as Jon Favreau and Clancy Brown,
Witwer also received recognition with an Annie Award nomination
for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast
Production in 2012. Star Wars fans and gamers will also recognize Witwer as Darth Vader’s vengeful apprentice, ‘StarKiller,’ in the LucasArts video game sensation Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Parts I
and II). Through high-tech digital referencing and motion capture
of Blur Studios, Witwer has become the voice and face of the
series’ powerful protagonist. Given all of the above, it should be no surprise that Witwer will be part of the cast of the recently renewed season of Star Wars: Clone Wars, though what role he will play remains a secret.
Having always been popular among sci-fi fans, Witwer
began his career in the memorable role of ‘Lt. Crashdown’ in
SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica and played ‘Davis Bloom/ Doomsday’,
the character fated to kill Superman, on CW’s Smallville. He then
went on to play the lead in the SyFy series Being Human, a U.S.
adaptation of the critically acclaimed British television series. The
darkly humorous, provocative drama starred Witwer as the heroic
‘Aidan’, a modern and self-aware vampire who becomes
roommates with a ghost and werewolf, respectively played by
Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington. Recently, Witwer wrapped a recurring role on the CW’s Riverdale as ‘Mr. Chipping’, an English teacher at the prestigious Stonewall Preparatory high school that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) transfers to on scholarship. He also just finished a season-long
arc on the CW’s Supergirl as this season’s main antagonist, ‘Agent Liberty’. The series set a new precedent with Witwer, giving his character an entire prequel episode dedicated to building his backstory as a disenfranchised professor who leads a hateful human supremacy movement against the aliens who have to settled on Earth.
Witwer’s other credits include his recurring role as ‘Neil
Perry’ on the Emmy- winning Showtime series Dexter, antagonist
‘Mr. Hyde’ on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and ‘Wayne Jessup’ in
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella,The
Mist. His film credits also include the independent production The
Return of Joe Rich opposite Armand Assante and Talia Shire, and
No God No Master opposite David Strathairn and Edoardo
Witwer is also one of the authors of the critically acclaimed
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History. The
book features the history and art that built the franchise into the
massive pop phenomenon it is today. The artwork, sourced by
Sam and his partners, explains the origins of the tabletop game
that became a household name. While considered a niche hobby
by some, the fanbase surround the franchise boasts some very
noteworthy names — including Joe Manganiello who came on
board for Sam and team to write the forward for the book.
Chicago born-and-raised and a Juilliard-trained actor, Witwer
is also an accomplished musician, having just released Revenge
of the Crashtones, the sophomore album of his one-man-band,
The Crashtones. When not working, Witwer resides in Los
Angeles with his two dogs, Buster and Leonard.
Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress known for her role as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow. She has also played Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and a starring role as Michal, daughter of King Saul, in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets.
Richardson-Sellers comes from a family of stage actors. In 2013, Richardson-Sellers graduated, with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, from University of Oxford, where she participated in and directed several plays, including Mephisto, Chatroom, and There Will Be Red. After graduating university, she started auditioning and landed her first role in Star Wars sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in the cameo role of Korr Sella, aide to General Leia Organa.
Richardson-Sellers is a co-founder of Shethority (“She + Authority”), an online global collective described as “a positive place for women and the feminine to inspire, empower, and share.” Active members of the initiative include fellow Arrowverse actorsMelissa Benoist, Nicole Maines, Chyler Leigh, Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Emily Bett Rickards, Juliana Harkavy, Katie Cassidy, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker. Through social media, women are encouraged to share their own stories and experiences on dealing with self-acceptance, homophobia, sexual harassment at the workplace and other issues.
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Timothy Zahn is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy. He is known best for his prolific collection of Star Wars books, chiefly the Thrawn series, and has published several other series of novels of his own original creation, in addition to many works of short fiction.
Zahn’s novella Cascade Point won the 1984 Hugo Award. He is the author of the Blackcollar trilogy and the Cobra series (eight novels so far), fourteen Star Wars expanded universe novels, including thirteen novels featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn: the Thrawn trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn duology, Outbound Flight, Choices of One, Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances, Thrawn: Treason, and the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy.
The Thrawn trilogy marked a revival in the fortunes of the Star Wars franchise, bringing it widespread attention for the first time in years; all three Thrawn trilogy novels made the New York Times Best Seller List, and set the stage and tone for most of the franchise’s expanded universe content. Zahn also wrote the young adult Dragonback series and the popular Conquerors’ trilogy.
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