There are a lot of renowned people in the Star Wars universe, but not even the most popular of them have a backstory as interesting as Ahsoka Tano’s. Although it was never addressed in the live-action films, there was a period when fans thought it was foolish for Anakin Skywalker to have a padawan. Yet, young Ahsoka won many admirers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as she evolved from an arrogant student to a calm Jedi Knight (2008-2022). Many people assumed her story ended when she abandoned the Jedi Order and began a new life. Despite seeing her previous master in the shape of the evil Darth Vader, she continued to fight for good in Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018). The battle with Vader should have been the last of her, but instead, she made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian (2019-), with a cameo in The Book of Boba Fett (2021).
The fan favorite has become a household name, and her narrative will now continue in a new medium: a live-action television series. Two and a half years after it was first announced, Ahsoka (2023) is nearly upon us. Here’s what we know about Snips’ upcoming adventure now that we have information on her debut solo series.
Ahsoka: Release Information
At Star Wars Celebration 2023, it was revealed that Ahsoka would make her debut on Disney+ in August of that same year.
Just released at #StarWarsCelebration:
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 7, 2023
Where Does Ahsoka Come From?
Having worked on practically every Star Wars TV series, animated and live-action, showrunner and writer Dave Filoni is a veteran of the franchise. Ahsoka was created by Filoni for The Clone Wars, and because he also created Rebels, this makes a lot of sense. Filoni, Jon Favreau, and Kathleen Kennedy will all serve as executive producers, as they have in the past. Moreover, Filoni is in talks to direct. Peter Ramsay, who directed Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, is a part of the crew, although the full roster has not yet been announced.
Description of Ahsoka’s Plot
Unlike most current Star Wars projects, not much is known about the plot, but we can probably guess where Ahsoka’s tale is headed. By the episode’s close, Ahsoka’s motivation was made plain. Ahsoka made it apparent that she was after Grand Admiral Thrawn, the commander of the Chiss Empire and one of the main bad guys in Star Wars Rebels, after her confrontation with Morgan Elsbeth.
Thrawn was one of the cruelest and most dangerous opponents the Rebels had ever faced, although they had fought numerous Sith Lords and Inquisitors. He tested the team’s mettle in every way possible. When both Thrawn and the show’s primary character, Ezra Bridger, vanished into space at the end of the episode, the conclusion felt more like a cliffhanger than an actual ending. The likelihood of Ezra’s survival increases if Ahsoka is correct and Thrawn is still alive. This makes Ahsoka a sequel to Star Wars Rebels and the continuation of Tano’s narrative.
What Actors Appear in Ahsoka?
Daredevil’s Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Ahsoka. Dawson’s fan campaign went viral, and now she really wants to play the part. The overwhelming support she received after her Mandalorian debut likely convinced Lucasfilm she was their best option. We can only hope that Ashley Eckstein, who voiced Ahsoka in the cartoons, will make a brief appearance.
Do you recall that we warned you that you might experience some unpleasant Clone Wars flashbacks? A major clue is the return of Hayden Christensen, who played Ahsoka’s old teacher and the man who would become Darth Vader in “Revenge of the Sith.” Considering the events of Ahsoka that occurred after those of Return of the Jedi, Anakin Skywalker has long since been dead. Clone Wars flashbacks with him and Ahsoka fighting battle droids are the most plausible setting for his appearance. Perhaps there will be a quick rematch between Vader and Tano.
Not just Ahsoka is making the transition from animation to live action. Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian freedom fighter, is played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Day Shift) and is rumored to have wielded the renowned Darksaber in her past. Being close to and friends with Ahsoka, it is likely that the story will address how she lost the Saber to Moff Gideon.
Former Rebels king Eman Esfandi will play Ezra Bridger, a teenage Jedi who vanished from the Star Wars canon. The actor who played Aladdin, Mena Massoud, was widely speculated to play the fan favorite, however, Massoud tweeted that such speculation was false:
Glad the rumors will stop now. Never really had a fair shot at it unfortunately (1 self-tape months ago) but just wasn’t meant for me I guess. Can’t deny the dude looks exactly like Ezra. Hope it’s done justice!
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) September 9, 2022
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, will play Hera Syndulla, a former rebel pilot and a major character in Star Wars Rebels. Ray Stevenson (Thor) will play the Sith Baylan, and David Tennant (Doctor Who) will reprise his role as Huyang, the lightsaber-making droid he voiced in The Clone Wars. Actress Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising) will also be featured on the show in a yet-to-be-determined capacity.
Mon Mothma will be played once more by Genevieve O’Reilly. She has done so previously in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Rogue One, and most recently on Andor. Diana Lee Inosanto, who played Morgan Elsbeth on The Mandalorian, will reprise her role. The series will also feature the characters of Chopper and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
When does Ahsoka occur in the Star Wars canon?
Since her debut appearance in The Clone Wars, several decades have passed, and Ahsoka will be her most recent story in terms of the time period. Hopefully, we’ll get to watch the first time Ahsoka and Luke meet, but we won’t know for sure until Rosario Dawson makes her live-action debut in Season 2 of The Mandalorian and following her brief cameo in The Book of Boba Fett.
If you’re wondering where this falls in the film canon, Ahsoka’s story takes place after the fall of the Empire but before the creation of the First Order, roughly between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Flashbacks to Ahsoka’s childhood are unlikely, but a particular Jedi who despises sand has been confirmed to feature in a live-action adaptation of The Clone Wars, so fans may get what they want.
Is Season 2 of Ahsoka in the works?
The current designation for Ahsoka is “miniseries,” which indicates that the show will end after one season. Fans of Tano shouldn’t give up hope just yet, either, because other Disney+ projects that were originally planned as miniseries have been renewed for full seasons. To illustrate, consider Loki.
The success of the show, the direction of Ahsoka’s plot, and the desire for a proper sequel are all crucial factors. It’s impossible to envision the program failing to find an audience given that it centers on Ahsoka and the other beloved characters from Rebels.
The panel for the show at Star Wars Celebration 2022 did release some videos, but only attendees saw the sizzle reel. Hera Syndulla, the Twi’Lek pilot of the Ghost, and a few other returning characters were revealed to be in the movie, although narrative details were kept secret as usual.
The Disney+ 2023 sizzle clip gave us a glimpse of the program as well, showing Ahsoka removing her hood in preparation for her new journey on the streaming service. The footage isn’t too shocking, but it could signal the release of a new trailer.
On April 7, 2023, at Star Wars Celebration 2023, the first official teaser trailer for Ahsoka was unveiled to the public. Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, and Ezra Bridger all make their live-action debuts in this brief teaser. The trailer also featured a first look at the new Sith character Baylan and dropped hints about the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
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