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‘Ahsoka’ Star Rosario Dawson Has an Update on the Release Date

Live-action Ahsoka.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars—and specifically of Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Mandalorian—then you’re probably excited about Ahsoka Tano’s new Disney+ live-action series, Ahsoka.

During season 2 of The Mandalorian, we saw a live-action version of Tano for the first time, played by Rosario Dawson. Tano was originally introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan whose journey was just beginning. According to Dave Filoni, creator of the new series, Ahsoka will continue that journey.

“[Ahsoka] is definitely driving toward a goal, in my mind, as opposed to being little singular adventures,” Filoni said to Variety. “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.”

What is the plot of Ahsoka?

If you saw Tano in Mando, you know she revealed that she is looking for Grand Admiral Thrawn, who is missing. At the end of Star Wars: Rebels, you see Tano taking off with Sabine Wren, which is most likely where the new show will pick up: with the two joining in the search for their lost Jedi friend, Ezra Bridger. Ezra went missing while on a mission to take Thrawn out.

Who stars in Ahsoka?

Rosario Dawson is reprising her role as Tano alongside Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. However, it’s unclear which version Christensen will be playing or how old he’ll be. Natasha Liu Bordizzo will portray Sabine Wren, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ray Stevenson have also been cast in unknown roles, though Stevenson is reportedly playing the series’ main villain.

Dawson was a pretty clear choice to play Ahsoka, as fans loved her in the role in The Mandalorian. However, some fans do wish that Ashley Eckstein would get to play Ahsoka, as she voiced the character in The Clone Wars. Never fear! Eckstein is appearing as a guest star on Ahsoka.

Similarly, fans also speculate about Christensen coming back to play Anakin. While we don’t know for sure what his character will look like or what age he will be, we can assume that if Anakin and Ahsoka are together we will be getting some form of callback to The Clone Wars. That means we might get to see younger Anakin interacting with his padawan in a flashback scene. Honestly, we can’t wait.

When will Ahsoka premiere?

Filming of Ahsoka started in May 2022. At this point in time, we do not have an exact date for the release of the show. However, Dawson was recently interviewed on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna, where she told fans to keep a lookout for the series later this year.

Ahsoka, yeah, that’s probably gonna come out in the fall,” Dawson said. “We’re gonna have Haunted Mansion come out in August first, and I just did some beautiful Disney+ commercial voice-over. And I’m like, have I just become a Disney Princess?”

Ahsoka is set to premiere sometime in 2023 exclusively on Disney+. Currently, the show is set to be a miniseries, so it’s possible that it will only have one season. Stay tuned!

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