Star Wars fans and a particular director have been campaigning for years to produce a live-action Ahsoka television series. Since the character was changed from a nuisance in her initial appearance to an incredible fan favorite during the excellent Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels episodes, a live-action series was heavily sought by fans.
As soon as Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka arrived in The Mandalorian as a live-action character in The Mandalorian, fans demanded a whole series of her adventures to tie up the loose ends of her story.
After much discussion, it was finally revealed that the series would be produced, with Dave Filoni and John Favreau attached. Not only that, Rosario Dawson had signed on for the complete series, and we were finally going to get to see what happened to Ahsoka following the end of Star Wars Rebels.
Since then, though, there has been little Ahsoka-related news. There have been set photos, notes from Dawson herself, and casting updates, but when will the show air, and what will it be about? Will Ahsoka encounter her former master, Darth Vader, one last time?
We have included all the known information regarding the Ahsoka television series, including plot elements, character information, and rumored release dates for this highly awaited series. Check out our comprehensive list of upcoming Star Wars television series to see what more is coming from a galaxy far, far away.
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Ahsoka Release Date
There is currently no announced release date for Ahsoka. The Mandalorian Season 3 will occupy the early slot for Star Wars content on Disney+, so it is expected that the show will premiere in 2023, with rumors suggesting that it will debut in late 2023.
Ahsoka Cast Members
Obviously, we already know that Rosario Dawson will play the major role in this new series, in which Ahsoka must struggle with becoming a “hardened” version of herself following a personal tragedy.
Dawson told Vanity Fair what it’s like to take on such a massive role: “I love that she is this nomad character that is just trying to do good in the globe. The Jedi Order has in many ways vanished since it is so fragmented and targets so many individuals.
Since the beginning, the path that has drawn her is to be vigilant, courageous, and wise, and to constantly have her sights set on eradicating evil.
She continued, “And I believe that is one of the reasons so many people adore her. This is why I adore her. She exemplifies the very best of the Jedi, you know?”
Hayden Christensen has also been confirmed for the role of Anakin Skywalker, the man who will become Darth Vader.
It appears likely that Vader will appear in flashbacks, which makes sense given that Anakin was Ahsoka’s initial Jedi master before she joined the rebellion and battled against him.
Christensen also appears in Obi-Wan, albeit this occurred a long time before Ahsoka.
Natasha Liu Bordizzo, star of The Society, is also joining the cast as Sabine Wren. Sabine is a teenage Mandalorian and Imperial Academy dropout with expertise in weapons and explosives who first appeared in Star Wars: Rebels.
Ivanna Sakhno, star of Pacific Rim: Uprising, has also been cast in the series in an unspecified role.
According to Variety, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will also join the series. Winstead’s tenuous link to the Star Wars universe (she is married to Ewan McGregor) makes her an intriguing pick.
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Her identity has yet to be disclosed, but if we had to pitch a canon character, Ar’alani, the close associate of Grand Admiral Thrawn, would seem to be a good fit. A plot arc in which Ar’alani and Ahsoka compete to discover Thrawn would make for intriguing television.
Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to EW that there will be no crossover with Disney’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which takes place ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and following the conclusion of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka is traversing the galaxy in quest of Grand Admiral Thrawn. It is unknown who will play the renowned Star Wars villain Thrawn, who has never been in live-action, but we’re really hoping it will be Lars Mikkelsen, who played him in Star Wars Rebels. He is a skilled actor who could adapt smoothly to the live-action part.
It has been confirmed that Eman Esfandi will play Ezra Bridger on the show Rebels. Star Wars Rebels concluded on a cliffhanger with Thrawn and Bridger vanishing, and it is expected that Ahsoka will focus on her efforts to find them both.
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The narrative of Ahsoka is continuing. Dave Filoni, speaking with Vanity Fair(opens in new tab) about what he intends to accomplish with the series, stated that “it is obviously moving toward a purpose, as opposed to being a series of isolated adventures.
“That is what I want the character to be doing, and I believe that is also what the fans desire at this time. Such is their bond with her “. Filoni continued by stating that “I’ve just now begun to realize that the children who watched Clone Wars are now much older and, as they should be, incredibly enthusiastic about everything they grew up with.
In the show, Ray Stevenson portrays a mysterious antagonist believed to be an original figure from the post-ROTJ era. Other major cast additions include Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ivanna Sakhno, who are both portraying characters that have not yet been revealed.
We have confirmation that Hayden Christensen will appear in the series, though it is unclear if he will play Anakin Skywalker or Darth Vader. However, as the episode takes place five years after Return of the Jedi, we must believe it’s through flashbacks.
Ahsoka Will Darth Vader Return for the Show?
The confrontation between Ahsoka and her old master is one of the best moments in the modern Star Wars canon. Since her introduction as Anakin’s apprentice in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars fans had hoped to witness the battle depicted in Rebels. But, will the fallen Anakin Skywalker appear as Darth Vader on the show?
The Hollywood Reporter reported earlier this year that Hayden Christensen would reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Given the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to his performance in Obi-Wan Kenobi, we are not shocked, and we have high hopes that he will play a key role in the program.
That is all we currently know about Ahsoka. Even while it’s still early in the day and there have been substantially fewer leaks from the show than in previous Star Wars concerts, this only makes us more excited.
We’re in a sort of a golden period for Star Wars TV shows, with Andor and The Mandalorian leading the pack, and we’re thrilled that the crew that brought this character to life will now be able to give her the enormous live-action extravaganza she so richly deserves.