At the end of yesterday’s panel on “The Mandalorian” at this weekend’s “Star Wars Celebration,” actress Rosario Dawson arrived onstage to talk about her new Star Wars “Ahsoka” series coming to Disney+.
She had to miss Thursday’s “Lucasfilm Studio Showcase” presentation due to filming “Ahsoka,” but she was excited to be there and talk about the series.
“I’m here because of people like you,” Dawson told the ecstatic crowd as she sat down with the panelists. “It’s just such a thrill and honor to bring her to life and feel the energy of everyone wanting to see her come to life.”
Joining her onstage were actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who will bring the “Star Wars: Rebels” character of Sabine Wren to life, along with a certain “Rebels” droid by the name of Chopper, who also makes his live-action debut in “Ahsoka.”
First Footage from Ahsoka screened
Dawson also brought a clip to show the audience, though it was brief due to the fact the series just started filming three weeks ago.
From friends who were in the audience, I learned the clip featured footage of Dawson as Ahsoka Tano seen from behind with various backdrops including the ship Ghost (from “Rebels”).
The captain of the ship, fan favorite Hera Syndulla, was also shown from behind along with her HK-47 droid before the clip ended with a shot of Sabine looking at a mural of the Ghost crew, including Ezra Bridger, whose disappearance was a focal point of “Rebels.”
Might the search for Ezra Bridger also be a plot point in “Ahsoka”? It looks like a possibility.
The character of Ahsoka Tano first appeared in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” as the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Early information on the series said actor Hayden Christensen, who is reprising his role of Anakin/Darth Vader in the current series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” will also play Anakin in some form in “Ahsoka.”
Dawson most recently appeared as Ahsoka in “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett.”
Also starring in “Ahsoka” are Ivanna Sakhno and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who is married to “Obi-Wan Kenobi” actor Ewan McGregor) in undisclosed roles, along with Ray Stevens, who appeared as the voice of Mandalorian warrior Gar Saxon in both “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” but is rumored to be playing a different character in the new series.
“Ahsoka” is scheduled to debut on Disney+ in 2023. Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni is writing the series and exec producing with Jon Favreau.
If you’d like to catch up on the character and her story lines, “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” “Star Wars: Rebels,” “The Mandalorian,” and “The Book of Boba Fett” are all available to watch on Disney+.