The Mandalorian season 2: Rosario Dawson cast as Ahsoka Tano

Could a fan-favourite Jedi be making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian season 2? Ahsoka Tano is confirmed to be joining the show.

Ahsoka Tano, the fan-favourite apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, will be making her live-action debut on the second season of The Mandalorian. SlashFilm originally reported that Rosario Dawson was cast in the role, and Variety has confirmed the same.

Ahsoka first appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film and took the lead in the television show of the same name. Voiced by Ashley Eckstein, Ahsoka has become a beloved figure among Star Wars fans. The Togruta apprentice’s recent return for the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has had the internet buzzing. Ahsoka has also appeared on Star Wars Rebels and was one of the Jedi voices that Rey heard in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The co-creator of Ahsoka, Dave Filoni, directed a couple of episodes of The Mandalorian, which is perhaps why Ahsoka will be joining the show. Though the timeline in which The Mandalorian takes place is unclear, the first season ended with a strong connection to the animated show. Ahsoka’s guest-starring role could turn the tide in the Mandalorian’s (Pedro Pascal) favour against the formidable enemy, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Could more characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars appear alongside Ahsoka?

Disney has a proclivity for casting within its own pool of actors – Dawson started in the Netflix Marvel shows as Claire Temple, the ‘Night Nurse’ who mended superheroes, before the shows were cancelled. It’s encouraging to see that Disney chose an actor of colour to play Ahsoka, a character who very obviously presents as non-white.

Though Dawson has a long list of film and television credits behind her, in 2019 she and her family were sued for abusing an employee who was trans. While we don’t know all the details of the case, Disney’s lack of acknowledging the LGBTQIA+ community on screen comes into focus with this kind of casting.

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The Mandalorian is slated to release in Fall 2020 on Disney+. You can catch the final adventures of Ahsoka Tano and the other Jedi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, currently airing on the streaming service.