With Dave Filoni’s involvement in “The Mandalorian,” it’s long been speculated that many fan favorites from Filoni’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” series’ will make an appearance in the Disney+ show. The end of Season 1 took the first step in including lore from the animated canon as many were left wondering what this could mean for the series going forward. The live-action “Star Wars” series recently wrapped production on Season 2, and it appears the minds at Lucasfilm may have a few surprises up their sleeves.
According to /Film, Anakin Skywalker’s beloved Padawan Ahsoka Tano will be making her long-awaited live-action debut in “The Mandalorian” Season 2. Rosario Dawson will reportedly play the Jedi. While there is no official comment or announcement from Dave Filoni, Rosario Dawson, or Lucasfilm, /Film received confirmation on the casting from two independent sources.
Tano was created by both Filoni and George Lucas and saw her debut in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” movie and television series. Since then, Tano has gone on to appear in comics, video games, her own novel, “Star Wars: Rebels,” and Rey even hears her voice in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” While initially met with hesitation, fans have come to love and accept Ahsoka as she’s now considered one of the all-time “Star Wars” greats.
Dave Filoni is a writer, director, and producer on “The Mandalorian,” and made the transition from animation to live-action helming a couple of episodes from Season 1. Filoni is returning to the director’s chair for Season 2, and one can only imagine that he’s going to be behind the episodes featuring Ahsoka.
Of all the characters to make the transition from animation to live-action, Ahsoka is arguably the best choice. She’s someone both casuals and diehards alike will be familiar with, and she provides a direct link to The Skywalker Saga without pandering or being too obvious. Whether or not this report indicates other characters from “The Clone Wars” or “Rebels” will make their way over to live-action remains to be seen, but this first step may very well open the door to other possibilities.