Yesterday, it was reportedly by SlashFilm that actress Rosario Dawson will be playing the live-action incarnation of Ahsoka Tano, the former Jedi padawan of Anikin Skywalker, in the second season of The Mandalorian. Presumably, Dawson has already shot her scenes as it was announced earlier in the month they had wrapped filming on the Star Wars series.
Like Forest Whitaker’s Saw Garrera, Ahsoka Tano would be one of the few times a Star Wars character that debuted in an animated series making the jump to a live-action project.
This could suggest that Ahsoka won’t be the only cartoon character to make the jump to live-action in the series as plenty of characters from the series Star Wars: Rebels could easily be showing up given their connections to the former Jedi and support by Dave Filoni.
Interesting enough, The Ghost (the main ship from Rebels) and Chopper made cameos in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which sort of establishes them already in the live-action side of things, even if the animated series is considered canon.
It has also been established that the Ghost took part in the Battle of Endor, as The Mandalorian takes place after those events this would further support the idea that we’ll be seeing other characters from Rebels. The ship was most recently seen as of part the rag-tag forces assembled by Lando Calrissian during the Battle on Exegol in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin might get some Mandalorian back-up at some point from a familiar face.
Fellow Mandalorian Sabine Wren appearing in the new season wouldn’t be that surprising given the introduction of the Darksaber in the last season being wielded by Moff Gideon (played Giancarlo Esposito) by and now Ahsoka’s involvement given the two ended the series going off together.
Giancarlo Esposito recently mentioned to ComingSoon breaking multiple Darksabers on the set when asked if he was excited to get to use the Darksaber in season two.
ESPOSITO: “I am. I really am. I want to say I’ve destroyed quite a few of them and the prop guys go, ‘Wow, you go all in.”
A potential tease to a showdown between Moff Gideon and Ahsoka Tano?
I don’t think it’s also out of the realm of possibilities if Dave Filoni pushes to get Hera, Zeb, and even Ezra in the show given his connections to both The Clone Wars and Rebels, bringing live-action versions of those characters to life seems like a given at this point.
I think plenty of fans wouldn’t be opposed to the live-action versions of those characters eventually getting their own spinoff show on Disney+ given how popular The Mandalorian as been for Disney.
While Disney’s Bob Iger announced they were targeting to begin airing new episodes of The Mandalorian sometime this October with the coronavirus impeding all levels of film and television production it remains to be seen if they’ll be able to complete the series in time.
We’ll certainly keep our fingers crossed but won’t be shocked if we have to wait a little longer for season two.