Rosario Dawson stars in Ahsoka, the newest addition to the Mandalorian spinoff series, which will premiere in August on Disney+. Lucasfilm has dropped the first trailer for the highly anticipated show at London’s Star Wars Celebration on Friday.
Rosario Dawson Takes on the Role of Ahsoka
Ahsoka Tano, the beloved padawan of Anakin Skywalker, is the protagonist of the upcoming Disney+ series. She is an exiled Jedi who once served under Anakin before he became Darth Vader, and Ahsoka follows her adventures as she navigates a galaxy in turmoil.
The event was full of surprises, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead revealing she will be playing Hera Syndulla from “Star Wars Rebels.” Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka in the show and was joined on stage by showrunner Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Jon Favreau. Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who plays Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian warrior, revolutionary, and graffiti artist from “Star Wars Rebels,” also appeared.
Dawson praised the show’s production, saying that it was shot on an LED immersive soundstage, The Volume. “We are completely immersed almost all the time. The level of detail is remarkable,” she said. “Even on the last day, the light sabers turn on, and we’re in the world. It’s only been three weeks since my heart stopped racing. I wake up every morning thinking I need to be doing something.”
Alongside Dawson, Eman Esfandi will also appear as Ezra Bridger, the main character of Rebels and a Jedi Padawan. Other co-stars include Ray Stevenson (Vikings) and Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising).
A Fan-Favorite Character
Ahsoka was first introduced in the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which served as a pilot for the television series of the same name. The Clone Wars TV series chronicled her time learning from Anakin, and by the time the show concluded, Ahsoka had become a fan favorite and one of the few examples in Star Wars of a major female Jedi. She returned in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, voiced once again by Ashley Eckstein. In 2020, Dawson debuted the Jedi’s live-action portrayal in The Mandalorian.
Dawson’s Journey with the Character
During the 2022 Star Wars Celebration, Dawson spoke to Variety about how much playing the character means to her. “Embodying a character, literally, physically, every single day, has brought on a whole other level of experience to working on a project and bringing a character to life,” Dawson said. “It’s changing me.”
She continued: “So often, I take pieces from a character, and then I inject so much of myself into things of my own experience and what I have to draw from. But this is going in the other direction, and she is influencing me. It’s just been so powerful to be on that journey, to be taken along with it; it’s not something I could have hoped for or dreamed of, so it’s really out of this world.”
The Trailer for ‘Ahsoka’
The first trailer for Ahsoka features a glimpse of Dawson as the titular character, clad in a hooded cloak, lighting up her signature white lightsabers. The trailer also shows glimpses of the show’s action-packed sequences and a brief look at the show’s supporting cast.
Ahsoka is set to hit Disney+ in August, and fans eagerly anticipate the release of this highly anticipated Star Wars spinoff. The new trailer has given fans a glimpse into the world of Ahsoka, promising an action-packed adventure with plenty of familiar faces.
Excitement has been building since Rosario Dawson first debuted as Ahsoka in season two of The Mandalorian, with fans eagerly anticipating her return to her series. The trailer reveals that Ahsoka will continue to explore the character’s journey as she navigates life as an exiled Jedi in a galaxy far, far away.
The trailer opens with shots of Ahsoka’s iconic white lightsabers igniting, set against a backdrop of misty mountains. The voiceover provided by Dawson sets the tone for the series, as she declares: “There aren’t many Jedi left. I’ve been searching for a long time.”
For Star Wars animation fans, Ahsoka promises to be a treat as showrunner Dave Filoni returns to the world he helped create. Filoni is no stranger to the franchise, having worked on The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Mandalorian, among others. His Star Wars animation expertise will shine through in Ahsoka.
With a talented team in front of and behind the camera, Ahsoka promises to be a must-watch for Star Wars fans, old and new. The series will explore the character of Ahsoka in greater depth than ever before, giving fans a chance to learn more about one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.