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Star Wars: Ahsoka casting and production news and everything we know so far

Star Wars: Ahsoka
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Ahsoka Tano is getting her own Disney Plus show: Star Wars: Ahsoka. The new series, a spinoff of The Mandalorian, will see Rosario Dawson reprise her role as the former Jedi padawan. The series will likely track her activities after having crossed paths once again with Mando on The Book of Boba Fett

For the uninitiated, Ahsoka is a popular character who was introduced in the animated series The Clone Wars and Star War Wars: Rebels. She made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian season 2, when Mando and Grogu went looking for her on the forest planet of Corvus. She was engaged in a standoff with Imperial Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto), ruler of the city of Calodan.

At the end of the episode, Ahsoka had defeated Morgan Elsbeth and gotten the info she wanted — the whereabouts of Grand Admiral Thrawn (another character from The Clone Wars).

In The Book of Boba Fett, she connected with Mando when he came to visit Grogu while training with Luke Skywalker. She and Luke seem to have developed a camaraderie as fellow Force users.

Here's everything we know about the Star Wars: Ahsoka series.

Star Wars: Ahsoka release date and production news

Disney did not announce the Star Wars: Ahsoka release date when they revealed the spinoff's existence to investors — but we've got clues as to when it comes out. Leaked cast and story details include a note that filming is expected to begin this year, so 2022 sounds likely.

At this point, it would be a very late 2022, as the series has still yet to start filming. Originally, production was set to begin in spring 2022, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That was confirmed on May 9, as the official Star Wars Twitter account broke the news with a photo from what appears to be a soundstage.

Based on that, our best guess for Ahsoka's release date is early 2023. 

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Star Wars: Ahsoka cast

Of course, the Star Wars: Ahsoka cast is led by Rosario Dawson, who brought the character to live-action. 

The next revealed cast member was Hayden Christensen, who will reprise the role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader he played in the prequel trilogy. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

THR also broke word that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Birds of Prey) is also going to be in Ahsoka. Her role is TBA.

It's possible that characters from The Mandalorian make appearances on the spinoff. We'd love to see Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) reunite with Ahsoka. And while the former Jedi may have turned down the task of training Grogu, she's the only one who's been able to communicate with him via the Force. Perhaps they'll share wordless visions again.

Scoops-focused leaker Daniel RPK (via The DisInsider) claims to have pulled casting breakdowns for Star Wars: Ahsoka. Grand Admiral Thraw and Ezra Bridger are big names in the logline (details below), and two other characters Boka and Morai. Per the report: 

"Boka is described as a very strong minded and independent, as well as a natural leader. Boyish looking Middle Eastern, African, Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Mixed Ethnicity or West Indies/Caribbean actors between the ages of 20-35 years old are being sought after for the role."

"Morai, on the other hand, is descried as a very volatile and unreliable male character, who is simultaneously complex and shady. There is no specific race or ethnicity listed for the role, but actors between the ages of 40-60 years old are ideal."

Star Wars: Ahsoka plot

Daniel RPK also claims to have pulled the logline for Star Wars: Ahsoka, which reads:

"Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) is on the hunt for the evil Grand Admiral Thrawn in the hope it will help her locate the missing Ezra Bridger, the young Jedi that disappeared with Thrawn many years ago. Based on characters from the “Star Wars” franchise. A spinoff of the TV series “The Mandalorian”.

Kelly Woo
Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.