Despite massive production shutdowns across the entertainment industry, it seems that there is still some good news to report. Disney+ original The Mandalorian just cast Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano for season 2 of the series. Dave Filoni, the co-creator of the character who first appeared in The Clone Wars animated movie, is an executive producer, writer, and director on the show. So, it makes sense really that he’d be the person to oversee the fan-favorite character’s transition from animation to live-action.
The coronavirus outbreak delayed movie premieres and production on films and shows halted for safety reasons. Luckily, it seems that The Mandalorian’s second season just finished up production before the massive shutdown. Gina Carano, who plays former Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune, posted on Instagram that she wrapped filming in early March. As she plays one of the principal characters in the show, it’s safe to say that she was one of the final few filming on set.
So, this means that Rosario Dawson was cast as Ahsoka some time ago, perhaps early on in The Mandalorian season 2 filming schedule. As the lead offering for Disney+ when it launched in the fall, the team behind the first-ever live-action Star Wars series immediately went back to work. During the Hollywood premiere for the first three episodes, Carl Weathers revealed that filming for the second season was already underway. (And he praised Carano for her stellar work on set.)
The report comes via Slashfilm:
“We have exclusively learned that Rosario Dawson will appear in The Mandalorian season 2 and are excited to report that she will be playing a fan-favorite character previously only seen in the Star Wars animated productions. Dawson will be playing a live-action version of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi padawan apprentice who appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. This would be the character’s first appearance in live-action.”
That they cast Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka in season 2 of The Mandalorian shows that fan-casting sometimes works. After fans suggested she bring the character to live-action, Dawson responded on Twitter, seemingly campaigning for the role. For those who don’t know, Ahsoka Tano became Anakin Skywalker’s padawan learner during the time between Episodes II and III of the prequel trilogy. She left the Jedi Order and survived Order 66 (as we’ll see in The Clone Wars final season). She appeared later in Star Wars Rebels, another Filoni-led series, and her ending was ambiguous. Finally, she was one of the voices Rey heard at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Though Filoni later said that didn’t mean she died like the rest of the Jedi.
Why It’s a Big Deal They Cast Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano for The Mandalorian Season 2
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That Rosario Dawson was cast as Ahsoka for The Mandalorian season 2 is great news. Yes, it’s awesome they listened to the fans and Dawson took the role. However, it goes beyond that.
First, it’s great news for the Force lore in the show. The Mandalorian did great things in its first season. Though, the characters were ignorant of the Force and the Jedi. Baby Yoda broke the internet with his appearance, but his history is a mystery to the characters. None of them, even Dune who ostensibly served with Luke Skywalker, seemed to recognize that the Child could use the Force when he did. Ahsoka showing up will serve to educate the characters about the Force and how the Child relates to actual Yoda.
Second, we will get a look at what Ahsoka is up to after the events of Star Wars Rebels. Last we saw, she and Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian character voiced by Tiya Sicar, went off to locate their lost friend and Jedi Ezra Bridger. Without spoiling too much, he disappeared at the end of Star Wars Rebels. (Also, hopefully Sicar makes an appearance as a live-action Sabine, too!) This could also be the way that The Mandalorian introduces fan-favorite character Grand Admiral Thrawn, since he also disappeared with Ezra.
So, we should see The Mandalorian characters learn more about the Force and the Jedi. Also, we might get to see some of Ahoska and Sabine’s story. Especially since Sabine once possessed and wielded the Darksaber, now in the hands of Moff Gideon.
What do you think of Rosario Dawson being cast as Ahsoka in season 2 of The Mandalorian? Do you believe the report? Are you excited? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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