Season two of The Mandalorian introduced a live-action Ahsoka Tano. First introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (voiced by Ashley Eckstein), the character is beloved by many Star Wars fans. And Ahsoka’s appearance in The Mandalorian was just the beginning. Ahsoka Tano got her very own live-action series. Ahsoka is coming to Disney+.
Here is everything we know about Ahsoka so far.
The logo revealed by Disney and Lucasfilm on December 10, 2020 simply says Star Wars: Ahsoka. But, we have a feeling that everyone will just call it Ahsoka.
When Ahsoka turned up in “ The Jedi” episode of The Mandalorian, she revealed 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.
The official title card for the show as seen above seems to hint 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?
Director Dave Filoni told Vanity Fair the following about the series:
Ahsoka is a continuous story. It is definitely driving toward a goal, in my mind, as opposed to being little singular adventures. That’s what I want the character to be doing, and I think that’s what fans want now. They have such a relationship with her. I’ve only recently started to understand that all those kids that watched Clone Wars are now a lot older—they’re very excited about all the things they grew up with, as they should be.
Recently, we got our first look at Ahsoka in a Disney+ trailer previewing its 2023 year.
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. Cinelinx learned Eman Esfandi will play Ezra. We can’t wait to see Ahsoka and Sabine search for their lost friend.
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. Ewan McGregor confirmed this news in a recent Vanity Fair article. He notes, “My partner, Mary, is doing that Star Wars series with Rosario and she’s about to start.”
Ray Stevenson has joined the cast as well, reportedly as the villain, but we don’t know who yet.
Behind the Scenes
The Mandalorian’s Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau are running the show for Ahsoka. Additionally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Ramsey, co-director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, will direct at least one episode of the show. We still don’t know how many episodes Ahsoka will comprise of, though. But 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
As of February, Favreau noted of the show’s progress, “I’ll talk about it so Dave [Filoni] doesn’t have to, but we’re in post-production…He’s done filming; the visual effects are starting to come in, and the music is starting to come in. Great cast, and what a rich legacy to build upon.”
Ahsoka will debut in 2023.
Originally published on December 22, 2021.