As if The Mandalorian needed to get any better, Disney and Lucasfilm went and added Ahsoka Tano to the upcoming second season of the hit Disney+ show.
According to /Film, Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of The Mandalorian season 2 as a live-action Ahsoka. The character had previously only appeared in animated media where she was voiced by Ashley Eckstein. Since her appearance in The Clone Wars movie, Ahsoka has grown into being one of the most popular and beloved characters. She has since gone on to appear in Star Wars Rebels and was given her own self-titled novel. She is currently appearing on the final season of The Clone Wars.
Dawson has been vocal in the past about wanting to portray the character ever since she became a top pick in regards to fan casting. Now both the fans and her dreams will come true. Deadline has confirmed that Dawson will make an appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian, but she will not be a series regular.
It’s possible that Dawson will only appear in one or two episodes, perhaps teasing a potential live-action series of her own. Dave Filoni, the co-creator of Ahsoka, is a writer, producer, and director on The Mandalorian. He is set to return as a director for the second season. Could he be in charge of directing the episode that introduces Dawson as Ahsoka?
Okay, I guess it’s worth mentioning that Deadline won’t confirm that Dawson is playing Ahsoka and only that she has a role in the upcoming season. But screw it, she’s probably playing Ahsoka. So here’s some fan art from BossLogic to get you hyped!
V2 no fusion @rosariodawson as Ahsoka Tano pic.twitter.com/nJs7PjHbLQ
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) February 11, 2017
In addition to Filoni directing parts of season 2, HN Entertainment states that Robert Rodriguez will also be directing at least one episode. They join Jon Favreau and series cast member Carl Weathers as the other confirmed directors for season 2. I also think Bryce Dallas Howard will be back to direct an episode. So there’s going to be a lot of talent both behind and in front of the camera
I haven’t watched The Clone Wars or Rebels, so I don’t know much about Ahsoka. That said, I’m glad Star Wars is finally showing some damn aliens! Why does everyone look like a human! Give me more weird alien creatures, Lucasfilm, you cowards!
Are you excited to see Ahsoka interact with Baby Yoda? Will this get you to catch up on The Clone Wars and Rebels if you haven’t already? Are you upset Ashley Eckstein isn’t playing Ahsoka in live-action? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!