While Season Two of The Mandalorian may have wrapped for actress Gina Carano, there may be more left to shoot. SlashFilm broke the story that Rosario Dawson has been cast as the fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano. If true, this will mark the first time Ahsoka has appeared in a live-action Star Wars story.
Ahsoka made her debut in the 2008 animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, voiced by actress Ashley Eckstein. She then spent five seasons as the padawan apprentice to Anakin Skywalker. She abruptly left the Jedi Order at the end of Season Five, which coincidentally was the final season on Cartoon Network.
Dave Filoni, the co-creator of Ahsoka, now serves as a writer, director, and producer for The Mandalorian. So her inclusion in the series should not come as a surprise. After all, Ahsoka appeared in the Season One finale of Rebels, which was Filoni’s other Star Wars animated series.
Ahsoka’s fate has long been a subject of debate between fans. The Mandalorian takes place eight years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This would mean that she survived the events of the classic trilogy. While her voice was heard in the final scenes of The Rise Of Skywalker, that does not necessarily mean she was alive or dead by that point.
As for Dawson, she is no stranger to the character. In 2017 she responded to a tweet about her playing Ahsoka with “Yes, Please?!”. On top of that, she has had roles in Marvel (Claire Temple), and DC (voice of Wonder Woman), so adding Star Wars to her resume would be a natural fit.