The Skywalker saga of films may have ended with The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, but the Star Wars galaxy continues to expand. Thanks to Disney+ there are more Star Wars projects than ever coming down the pipe and one of the most exciting is Ahsoka.
Fans of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels would be very familiar with Ahsoka Tano, but it was the second season of The Mandalorian that really got everyone talking about the character.
Lucasfilm confirmed late last year that Ahsoka would be getting her own live-action spin-off show on Disney+. Here’s what we know about it so far.
Who is Ahsoka?
Ahsoka Tano is an exceptionally skilled Jedi. She was first introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan and the two formed a close friendship over the series’ seven seasons.
Following Order 66, Ahsoka faked her death and went into hiding. She then reappeared in Star Wars Rebels as a secret agent for the rebel alliance.
We first met Ahsoka in her live-action form in Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, when she teamed up with Din Djarin to free the city of Calodan and help guide young Grogu towards his Jedi master (and a name).
The last we saw of Ahsoka she was seeking information on the villainous Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Who is in the cast?
So far, the only confirmed cast member for Ahsoka is Rosario Dawson as the lead character herself, Ahsoka Tano.
Some exciting news did come from The Hollywood Reporter recently that revealed Hayden Christensen, who portrayed Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episodes I-III, will reprise his role in the Ahsoka series.
Christensen is also returning as Anakin in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series, so it appears he will be pulling double duty in the role that made him famous.
Star Wars regulars Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau are on board Ahsoka as executive producers.
What will the Ahsoka series be about?
Very little is known about Ahsoka’s spin-off show right now, but we do know the Togruta Jedi will be front and centre.
Ahsoka will sit within the same timeline of Star Wars stories as The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, and will likely continue story arcs from the animated series as well.
The plot is anyone’s guess, but given we last saw Ahsoka hell-bent on finding Admiral Thrawn and her lost friend Ezra Bridger, we can assume that’s where we will pick up.
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The return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin also raises some questions. The Mandalorian, and therefore Ahsoka, takes place years after The Return of the Jedi, in which Darth Vader notably died.
This possibly opens the door for flashbacks featuring a younger Ahsoka and Anakin, or Christensen could also appear as a Force ghost.
Alongside Anakin, it’s expected some other legacy Star Wars characters could appear in the series.
Most likely is Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian who fought alongside Ahsoka throughout Rebels. The Hollywood Reporter announced that casting for this role is already underway.
Star Wars Rebels characters Ezra Bridger and Admiral Thrawn could also make the jump to live-action in the show.
Ahsoka on Disney+: Release date
It’s been almost a year since Disney announced the Ahsoka spin-off, but there’s been little to no news since then.
Given the line-up of Disney+ shows that need to release first, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett and Andor, it’s really no surprise the show hasn’t even been filmed yet.
THR reports shooting is scheduled for early 2022, which means we might hopefully see the new series on Disney+ later that year or early 2023.
If you want to catch up on the jedi’s appearances in The Clone Wars, Rebels and The Mandalorian, you can do that right now over on Disney+.