Actress Rosario Dawson the galaxy went far, far away as Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan.
The character made her debut in the 2008 animated film “Clone Wars” and then appeared in the animated series “Clone Wars” and the cartoon “Star Wars: Rebels” before jumping into live-action, where Dawson first portrayed her in “The Mandalorian,” and then again on the spin-off show, “The Book of Boba Fett.”
In 2023, Ahsoka will finally get its own spin-off series, aptly named ‘Ahsoka’.
Rosario Dawson Discusses Her Role in Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Series ‘Ahsoka’
Earlier this summer, Entertainment Weekly spoke with Dawson and a new cast member, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who will play Sabine Wren. Fans know Sabine from the cartoon “Rebels”, but this is the first time she has been seen in live action.
Bordizzo first made her debut in Netflix’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” in 2016. She also appeared in the Netflix series “The Society” in 2019 before it was canceled. While she doesn’t have many acting credits to her name, she told EW that her audition was “a really, really quick process.” She submitted a self-tape, not knowing it was for a Star Wars project, and was quickly cast in the role.
“I was suspicious!” she admitted. “I was like, ‘Wait, I’ve got the offer for this?’ I met [showrunner] Jon Favreau later, and he basically said, ‘I get it. I am an actor. I don’t want to put you through the wringer, and I don’t want you to do a million takes, auditions and tests. We know we want you, and that’s it.’ I really appreciated that.”
Both actresses remained tight-lipped about the plot of the new show, but Dawson did say that the same puppeteers who master Grogu in “The Mandalorian” also worked with her on 2022’s “Men in Black II.”
Dawson says ‘Ahsoka’ will allow fans to ‘understand her better on this part of her journey’
While Rosario Dawson couldn’t say much about the show’s plot, she managed to give fans a little teaser of what to expect from Ahsoka’s journey at this point in her life.
“What I like is that we can explore these little things that we’ve suggested in these other shows in more depth,” explains Dawson. “I think whether you’ve seen the previous animations or just saw these episodes, she’s still pretty mysterious at this stage and point in her life. That’s what I think the most exciting part about Ahsoka is that she has her own series here, you get to understand her better in this part of her journey.”
For her role in “The Mandalorian,” Rosario Dawson had previously explained that the makeup process took about three hours. Considering how often she’s in the elaborate costume for the new show, they managed to cut the time down to an hour and a half…which is still a long time to sit in a chair!
However, Dawson says she doesn’t mind the time she spends in the chair, as long as they manage to perfect every detail of Ahsoka’s elaborate ensemble. “You don’t call in every day,” Dawson said. “There is no dial in Star Wars.”
Who else plays in ‘Ahsoka’?
In April, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Peter Ramsey, director of Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” has been brought in to direct at least one episode of the live-action series “Ahsoka.”
In late March, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that History Channel’s “Vikings” star Ray Stevenson had joined the cast. Stevenson previously voiced Gar Saxon in “Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars.” He also played Volstagg in Marvel’s “Thor” movies and Blackbeard in the Starz “Black Sails” pirate series.
Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the prequel series “Star Wars”, will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. He also reprized his role in the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Disney+ series, which was released in May 2022.
Actress Ivanna Sakhno has also been cast in a yet-to-be-revealed role. At this point, she is believed to be a new character created for the series, as reported by Variety. Sakhno has appeared in several films including ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, ‘Ivan the Powerful’ and ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ which also includes ‘Star Wars’ alum John Boyegawho played Finn in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy.
Fans can see Rosario Dawson starring as “Ahsoka” when it premieres on Disney+ in 2023.