LONDON – Rosario Dawson had a mass bath with Star Wars fans during the panel dedicated to the new series “Ahsoka” that opened Saturday’s day at the Star Wars Celebration convention that is taking place this weekend in London.
The New York actress is already a fan favorite, many dressed up as the character who will have her own series starting in August on Disney+.
“Ahsoka” -written by David Filoni- takes us after the fall of the Empire and follows the former jedi Ahsoka Tano as she investigates a new threat at a vulnerable time in the galaxy.as reported by Lucasfilm.
The character of Ahsoka was conceived by Filoni himself and George Lucas for the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008) as a Jedi Padawan of Anekin Skywalker. Filoni commented on stage how in the first few meetings he had approached Lucas with a Jedi apprentice named Ashla. Lucas retorted that he wanted a Padawan for Skywalker and changed her name to Ahsoka.
Since then he has appeared in the animated series “Star Wars Rebels” and in the film “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019) only as a voice -that of actress Ashley Eckstein- at a specific moment. It was not until 2020 when Rosario Dawson began to play the role in the second season of “The Mandalorian” and reappeared in the series “The Book of Boba Fett” in 2022..
Dawson explained the challenge of getting into Ahsoka’s skin and confessed that the daily makeup process and physical training of up to 14 hours a day -she has many fight scenes and is ambidextrous- helped her in the process of internalizing a character that is “lonely, like many heroes and villains who sacrifice much for their goal.”
The cast of “Ahsoka”
Joining Dawson, Filoni, and producer Jon Favreau, the rest of the Ahsoka cast took the stage: Lars Mikkelsen, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Diana Lee Inosanto, Ivanna Sakhno, and Ray Stevenson.
After having been the voice of Grand Admiral Thrawn in “Rebels”, now Mikkelsen will also put a face to the evil character, as it was announced this morning, unleashing the madness of the 4,500 fans present in the room.
Bordizzo plays Sabine Wren, a young Mandalorian warrior who also appeared earlier in “Rebels.”
Winstead plays the role of Hera Syndulla, a New Republic general who pilots the ship The Ghost.
Lee Inosanto is Morgan Elsbeth, the servant of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who already appeared in “The Mandalorian” fighting against Ahsoka and will be one of her most dangerous enemies.
Ukrainian-American actress Ivanna Sakhno is Shin Hati, an apprentice to Baylan Skoll, a character played by Stevenson. Skoll is a Shin master who uses the Force.
During the panel, the directors of the different episodes of “Ahsoka” were also announced.: Filoni himself, Steph Green, Peter Ramsey, Jennnifer Getzinger, Geeta Patel and Rick Famuyiwa. Music is by Kevin Kinner.
The great absentee was Hayden Christensenwho will play Anekin Skywalker in “Ahsoka”, a character who made him famous in episodes II (“Attack of the Clones”) and III (“Revenge of the Sith”) of the original trilogy.
In the teaser released on the first day of Star Wars Celebration, it was possible to see from behind what Christensen looks like in the role of Anekin Skywalker before becoming Darth Vader.
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