Star Wars fans everywhere were giddy when their fan-casting dreams came true, and Rosario Dawson played former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano in season two of The Mandalorian. But as we learned not too long after, that episode was just the warm-up act. Dawson will reprise the role in a solo Ahsoka-centric series on the Disney+ platform. Although still in its earliest stages, here is everything we know about the former Jedi trainee’s upcoming solo series.
When Ahsoka turned up in “The Jedi” episode of The Mandalorian, she revealed that she’s searching for the missing Grand Admiral Thrawn. Who, as Star Wars: Rebels fans know, disappeared into the Unknown Regions with Ezra Bridger at the end of that series. The epilogue of Rebels sees Ahsoka and Sabine Wren take off together to search for their missing Jedi friend, and the genius Imperial leader. Ahsoka is likely to pick up those story threads.
Now, The official title card for the show as seen above seems to hint strongly at the World Between Worlds factoring in somehow. This realm outside of time comes from an episode of Rebels, and was the means by which Ahsoka escaped her fate at the hands of Darth Vader. If it appears, it would mean the very first use of time travel in a live-action Star Wars. Wouldn’t that be something to see?
Rosario Dawson will star as the title character, reprising her introduction on The Mandalorian. Joining her is Hayden Christensen, reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. We actually don’t know what version of the Anakin Hayden will be playing. Will it be Clone Wars flashbacks? Force Ghost Anakin? Maybe a flashback to her climactic fight with Vader on Rebels? Heck, it could be all of the above. (We hope it is!)
Joining Ahsoka is her Rebels cohort, Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren. In live-action, she’ll be played by Australian actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. In an unknown role, Ukrainian actor Ivanna Sakhno has also joined the cast. Word is, she’ll portray an entirely new character. Rumors are circulating that Ezra Bridger, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Hera Syndulla have already been cast. But none of this is confirmed. Meanwhile Birds of Prey star Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined the cast, per The Hollywood Reporter. Who she’s playing is still firmly under wraps, leaving ample room for speculation.
Behind the Scenes
The Mandalorian’s Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau are running the show for Ahsoka, but that’s all we really know so far. They have announced no other writers or directors. We also still don’t know how many episodes Ahsoka will comprise. Since Ahsoka as a character is a co-creation of Dave Filoni’s along with George Lucas, we’d say she is in excellent hands.
Ahsoka‘s Release Date
Filming hasn’t started yet, and don’t expect cameras to roll on Ahsoka before spring, 2022. If that’s the case, we won’t see the series until early 2023. Perhaps even later. But it will no doubt be worth the wait.
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Originally published on December 22, 2021.