With fan-favorite Star Wars character Ahsoka Tano making her return in this week’s episode of The Clone Wars, the timing of this news couldn’t be better. Slashfilm was first to report that Rosario Dawson will play Tano in The Mandalorian season 2, making this the character’s first live-action appearance after popular appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
This is pretty much perfect casting, as Dawson has been part of some of pop culture’s biggest franchises already, whether it be Marvel’s Netflix shows or Sin City. Now she comes to Star Wars as the most popular character never to appear in a live-action theatrical film. Ahsoka Tano did, however, show up in the big screen animated prequel to The Clone Wars TV series back in 2008. Originally the padewan to Anakin Skywalker, Tano would eventually shun the Jedi Council after being framed for a crime, then go off on her own as a spy deep within the Rebel forces. She was last heard among the sea of voices aiding Rey in The Rise of Skywalker.
The last major appearance by Tano was in the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, in which she joined with Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren to search for the missing Ezra Bridger. With some rumors suggesting Sabine Wren could appear in The Mandalorian‘s second season, we could be seeing a continuation of that relationship. I’ve made it clear my hope WWE superstar Sasha Banks is playing Sabine, and now I want that more than ever. What a team they’d make!
The Mandalorian season 2 is set to arrive this October, assuming delays don’t push it back.