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Production has begun on Ahsoka, an upcoming Star Wars series that follows the story of fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano. So, what do you need to know before watching the show when it arrives on Disney+? Here’s a run-down for those not familiar with the character.

Who is Ahsoka Tano?

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Ahsoka Tano in ‘Star Wars Rebels’ | Disney XD via Getty Images

Ahsoka Tano was first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a 2008 animated movie that follows the Jedi Knights as they combat evil throughout the galaxy. 

The character quickly became a favorite among audiences, and Ahsoka has since appeared in animated series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. She even had a blink-and-you-missed-it vocal cameo in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker

Fans were excited to see Ahsoka in a live-action Star Wars adventure. And they got their chance in a 2020 episode of The MandalorianRosario Dawson nabbed the role of Ahsoka after expressing interest in playing the character as early as 2017. She was also a favorite among fans who wanted to see Ahsoka in more Star Wars shows and movies.

The same year Ahsoka first appeared in a live-action adaptation, Disney+ announced its plan to give the character her own series. In the meantime, Dawson also played Ahsoka in a 2022 episode of The Book of Boba Fett

Ahsoka should hit the Disney streaming service sometime between 2022 and 2023. The show will connect to The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. Some fans already predict an epic crossover event. 

The confirmed and rumored cast of ‘Ahsoka’

Dawson, naturally, returns in the title role. But who are the other actors appearing in Ahsoka?

Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy, reprises his role as Anakin, reports The Mary Sue. He will also be playing his iconic role in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series. 

Natasha Liu Bordizzo also stars as Sabine Wren, a character who previously appeared in the animated Star Wars Rebels. Also confirmed are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ray Stevenson, and Ivanna Sakhno in unannounced roles.

As with most projects of this caliber, rumors of unconfirmed characters circulate. Some super fans hypothesized that Aladdin star Mena Massoud will appear as Ezra Bridger after he posted fan art depicting himself as the character along with quotes.

Fans also called for Lars Mikkelson to reprise his role as Admiral Thrawn (he was the voice actor for the character in Star Wars Rebels). Additionally, some speculate Pedro Pascal will appear as the Mandalorian and Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett. 

‘Clone Wars’ writer discusses bringing Ahsoka to life


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Dave Filoni helped create the character of Ahsoka with his work on both the movie and TV versions of The Clone Wars. He spoke about his excitement for Ahsoka. 

“I thought of this adventure for Ahsoka for a long time, and it’s interesting to see how it’s evolved,” Filoni told Empire. “It’s a great lesson for me on how, when you have other creatives like Jon Favreau [Ahsoka’s executive producer], they can help lend such dimension and depth to what you’re doing.”

Fans can’t wait to see how Ahsoka will bring one of their favorite characters to life, and which actors will show up to play their iconic roles. 

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