Who is Shin Hati in Ahsoka and who plays her? New villain explained
An all-new villainess has entered the Star Wars franchise.
The former apprentice of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Ahsoka is now on a mission to hunt down the missing Galactic Empire villain Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) and her old Jedi comrade Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi).
But she soon finds herself facing a trio of new Dark Side users: Baylan Skoll (played by the late Ray Stevenson), Shin Hati and Marrok, who challenge her and her allies Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in their mission.
So, who exactly is the mysterious Shin Hati in Ahsoka and who plays the character? Read on for everything you need to know.
Who is Shin Hati in Ahsoka?
Shin Hati is the apprentice of Baylan Skoll, and is a wielder of the Dark Side of the Force.
Armed with her own lightsaber, Shin Hati is tasked by Skoll and his associate Lady Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) to track down Ahsoka Tano and retrieve a star map believed to be able to lead them to Elsbeth's old master, Grand Admiral Thrawn.
As a result of this, Shin comes into conflict with both Ahsoka and Sabine Wren, to whom she displays her vicious fighting abilities.
Who plays Shin Hati in Ahsoka?
Shin Hati is portrayed by actress Ivanna Sakhno in Ahsoka.
A Ukrainian and American actress, Sakhno has appeared in numerous productions in Ukraine, but has also starred in the Hollywood films Pacific Rim: Uprising and The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Sakhno has been a vocal activist in supporting Ukraine and its people who have been affected by the conflict in the country, too, following the Russian invasion which began in 2022.
Speaking about her role as Hati, Sakhno said to Entertainment Weekly: "She's very calculated. She's impatient, but she's a seeker. She's only in the beginning of finding her own voice."
The actress revealed that showrunner Dave Filoni encouraged her to help flesh out Hati's backstory.
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Star Wars: Ahsoka is available to stream on Disney Plus from Wednesday 23rd August 2023. New episodes weekly. Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 for a year.
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