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Ahsoka: Release date speculation, cast and latest news on Star Wars series

Everything you need to know about The Mandalorian spin-off starring Rosario Dawson as the outcast Jedi.

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Published: Monday, 23rd May 2022 at 1:52 pm
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Production on the Ahsoka Disney Plus series has officially begun!

From Obi-Wan Kenobi to Andor, the Star Wars library on Disney Plus has a whole host of new live-action shows in the works.

One of the most-anticipated is a series about Ahsoka Tano, a character best known for the animated Clone Wars, who made her live-action debut recently in The Mandalorian season 2.

Ahsoka is a direct spin-off of The Mandalorian season 2, with Rosario Dawson set to reprise her part from the show as the titular character.

Production on the series kicked off back in May 2022, with Star Wars’ official Twitter account sharing the news with an image from the set featuring the show’s logo and the iconic hat of writer and executive producer Dave Filoni.

Alongside Dawson, Hayden Christensen is returning to the role of Anakin Skywalker, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Netflix’s Kate, Gemini Man) will star in The Mandalorian spin-off series in an unknown role.

Plot details are largely being kept under wraps but it is known that the series, which has been written by Dave Filoni and executive produced by Filoni and Jon Favreau, will expand on Ahsoka’s story and ongoing battle with the sinister blue baddie Admiral Thrawn.

Speaking about the series, Filoni recently told Vanity Fair: "Ahsoka is a continuous story. It is definitely driving toward a goal, in my mind, as opposed to being little singular adventures. That’s what I want the character to be doing, and I think that’s what fans want now."

He continued: "They have such a relationship with her. I’ve only recently started to understand that all those kids that watched Clone Wars are now a lot older – they’re very excited about all the things they grew up with, as they should be.”

So, what can we expect for the former Jedi padawan and how will her upcoming story involve her former mentor, Anakin Skywalker?

Read on for more information on Ahsoka including the latest rumours surrounding the live-action series' release date and cast.

Ahsoka Disney Plus release date speculation

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Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian

Sadly, no release date has been announced for the Ahsoka TV series at the point.

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As detailed above, production kicked off on the series in May 2022.

However, with several Star Wars projects coming down the pipeline over the coming months, RadioTimes.com predicts we won't be seeing Ahsoka until early 2023.

Keep checking back for more updates on the Ahsoka series as they come in.

Ahsoka cast

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Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in The Book of Boba Fett (Disney)

Rosario Dawson will be back as Ahsoka for this new series, taking over from Ashley Eckstein who portrayed the role vocally for a number of years in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels (as well as a cameo in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker).

In October 2021, it was announced that Hayden Christensen would be joining her, reprising the role of Ahsoka's mentor Anakin Skywalker, who is likely to appear either in flashback or as a force ghost.

Then, in November 2021, it was confirmed that Natasha Liu Bordizzo (The Society) had been cast as a lead in the series, playing Sabine Wren from the Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni previously gave fans a hint that Mandalorian graffiti artist Sabine would be joining Ahsoka on her travels.

In a recent interview Filoni hinted that a Rebels epilogue scene – which saw Ahsoka pick up Sabine to follow a new lead about Thrawn and Ezra – may have actually taken place after Ahsoka’s Mandalorian appearance, suggesting the duo’s search could be chronicled in the live-action series.

In addition, Ivanna Sakhno has been cast in the role of a newly created character, according to Deadline.

There's no word yet on who will portray the iconic baddie Admiral Thrawn, with some fans suggesting Benedict Cumberbatch for the role – but alas, he declined firmly in conversation with Collider earlier this year.

“That’s a straight no from me, right now,” he said. “There’s no way I want to be turned blue. I turned the air blue, very recently.

"No no, seriously, I have precious time with my children and I think sitting in a make-up chair and being painted blue, and the amount of time it would take to do that and then take it off at the end of the day might just... it’s not the right time in my life for that.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Ray Stevenson (Vikings) has been cast as a villainous admiral for the upcoming Ahsoka series, but he’s not expected to play fan-favourite baddie Thrawn.

The movie marks a return to the Star Wars universe for Stevenson, as he previously voiced a character named Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars.

And that's not all. The series has cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead, though her role is yet to be disclosed. Winstead last starred in Netflix’s 2021 revenge thriller Kate and also previously appeared alongside Will Smith in Gemini Man.

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Notably, Disney has also revealed that Ahsoka will cross over with fellow newly-announced series Rangers of the New Republic, which is believed to follow X-Wing pilots patrolling the galaxy to try and put down Imperial remnants.

In the Star Wars Rebels epilogue, Ahsoka was also flanked by two X-Wings, which could hint further at this crossover – and given this, it seems likely that the key cast of this second Disney Plus series (who also remain unknown) will play a key part in Ahsoka.

And have we really seen the last team-up between Ahsoka and Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian? Given that both series are explicitly set at the same time, we doubt it.

Ahsoka plot theories

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While the Disney announcement gave little to no details about Ahsoka’s story beyond the fact that it’s set in the same time period as The Mandalorian, we may have been given some clues already in The Mandalorian season two.

In the second season’s fifth episode we saw Ahsoka hunting for Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Star Wars Rebels villain who disappeared with one of the series main heroes (Jedi-in-training Ezra Bridger) in the Rebels finale.

It seems fair to assume that this tease was included for a reason, and it could be that Ahsoka will see Dawson’s hero hunting down Thrawn (and trying to save Ezra) over a number of episodes.

And this may also give us a clue about the characters involved in this new series.

Who is Ahsoka Tano?

Created by Dave Filoni for The Clone Wars animated movie and subsequent TV series (with Filoni serving as the creator and showrunner of the Ahsoka Disney+ series), Ahsoka Tano comes from a species called the Togruta and enters the Star Wars universe as the young apprentice of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.

Over the course of the Clone Wars Ahsoka had a variety of adventures with Anakin and Obi-Wan and grew into a capable warrior, though ended up leaving the Jedi Order after being framed for a number of murders (even after being cleared, she lost faith with the Jedi Council for the mistake).

Later, she escaped the end of the Jedi during Order 66 and fought back against the Empire from the fringes, even meeting her old master (as Darth Vader) in battle during the course of Star Wars Rebels.

Now, it appears she’s on a new quest righting wrongs and looking for old friends. And woe betide any villains who get in her way.

Is there a trailer for Ahsoka?

Not so far – it’s very early days – though Disney did release a first look at the logo for the series along with a brief description of its content.

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