As of this writing, “Star Wars Celebration Europe” is currently underway (April 7-10th) at ExCel London. While I’m not there personally, I’ve been lucky enough to have attended two Star Wars Celebrations here in California over the past decade, and they are wonderful. I hope every Star Wars fan attending in London is having as great a time as I have at previous SWCs. At these events, there is usually a daily unveiling of trailers, press releases and other announcements for upcoming SW projects. At my first SWC in 2015, the ‘big news’ was “The Force Awakens.” In 2022, it was the release of the Disney+ series “Andor” (which has since become a fan favorite and critical darling) as well as the new season of “The Mandalorian,” and the animated “Tales of the Jedi,” among other projects.
Yesterday, a teaser trailer was released for the upcoming Dave Filoni-produced “Ahsoka” (streaming in August); a new live-action series starring Rosario Dawson as the titular ex-Jedi knight and “Clone Wars” veteran Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein in animation), who is seeking her own path after the fall of her master, Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader). Dawson has already played the character in live-action in “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett.” In this trailer, we see Ahsoka reuniting with characters from my personal favorite Star Wars animated series, “Rebels” (2014-2018). The trailer promises the live-action debuts of “Rebels” characters such as Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), Hera Sybdulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and the feisty droid, Chopper (who first surprised fans with a blink-and-you’ll miss him cameo in 2016’s “Rogue One”). Other legacy characters from the Star Wars universe appear as well.
Needless to say, my interest was officially piqued…
“Ahsoka”; the Trailer.
There is a lot to unpack for such a brief trailer, so let’s take a closer look…
Tales of a Jedi
A few years ago, when I first heard that Rosario Dawson was up for the role of Ahsoka Tano in live-action (after her announced casting in “The Mandalorian”), I knew the character was in good hands. Originally known for her role in 1995’s controversial indie film, “Kids,” I first became a fan of Dawson’s work from 2006’s “Clerks II” (also enjoyedher more recent flashback/cameo in 2022’s “Clerks III”). She’s also done a slew of sci-fi/fantasy/action films, including “Sin City” (2005), “Death Proof” (2007), and “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010).
I saw Dawson once, briefly, at San Diego Comic Con back in 2006 (17 years ago! Yikes), when she was signing autographs and promoting “Clerks II.” A few years ago, I also listened to her Audibles Audiobook recording of Andy Weir’s “Artemis,” and she was perfect in the role of Lunar colonist Jasmine “Jazz” Bashari; a savvy young smuggler of Saudi heritage living by her wits and a ‘particular set of skills.’ I knew she would be perfect for Ahsoka Tano. After seeing her in the role a few times now (and in this trailer), my faith in Dawson’s talent is as secure as ever. The Force is strong with this one.
Where To Watch
“Ahsoka” will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ in August of this year.