Before Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, there were no concrete plans for more Star Wars movies. The only Star Wars project George Lucas was working on was The Clone Wars animated series. The Clone Wars introduced a young Ahsoka Tano as the padawan of Anakin Skywalker between Episode II and Episode III. Not all fans were on board with her introduction, since there is no explicit mention of Anakin having a padawan during the events of Revenge of the Sith, but as the story unfolded, more and more fans came to embrace Ahsoka’s role in the Star Wars saga.
Despite her humble beginnings (and initial rejection by some fans), Ahsoka Tano has become one of the most popular characters in the whole Star Wars franchise, even though she’s never even appeared in live-action. Since none of her backstory is explicitly touched on in any of the existing movies, it may seem like there are a few obstacles to presenting her to general audiences who haven’t watched The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels. However, Lucasfilm was willing to use Saw Gerrera in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so is there room for Ahsoka to make a live-action appearance too?
If the former padawan of Anakin Skywalker ever does break out of the animated world, there’s at least one actress who’s already voiced an enthusiasm to play the Togruta former Jedi: Rosario Dawson. In response to a tweet sent to the fan artist BossLogic proposing the Daredevil actress for Ahsoka, Dawson let her Star Wars geek flag fly, including the hashtag #AhsokaLives:
While Ahsoka’s future beyond her confrontation with Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels is still up in the air, there’s plenty of stories to be told in the decade and a half between the Ahsoka novel, set shortly after Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars Rebels, set a few years before Rogue One and A New Hope.
While it’s possible for a live-action Ahsoka to be created with makeup and prosthetics (similar to how Star Wars has traditionally created Twi’lek characters), motion capture (see Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata) might be easier to manage. Outside of Yoda, the only other example of an English-speaking non-human lead in a Star Wars movie is Jar Jar Binks (who is far from a fan-favorite), so it’s understandable if Lucasfilm wants to tread carefully with aliens in the future.
What do you think? Would you like to see Ahsoka Tano in live-action? Do you like the fan-casting of Rosario Dawson, or would you like to see someone else in the role? Let us hear about it in the comments!
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