Sneak peeks at upcoming seasons for “The Mandalorian,” “Loki” and the new series “Secret Invasion” also debuted.
Rosario Dawson debuts her “Star Wars” leading role in “Ahsoka.”
A first look at the Disney+ series in the works for 2023 showed Dawson as the live-action version of Togruta-ex-Jedi, reprising her role in “The Mandalorian” for her own standalone series.
Other shows that were given sneak peeks were “The Mandalorian” season 3, “Loki” season 2 and the upcoming new series “Secret Invasion” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Dave Filoni executive produces “Ahsoka” with showrunner Jon Favreau, with the show set to premiere in 2023.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ivanna Sakhno, Eman Esfandi and Natasha Liu Bordizzo star alongside Dawson. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” actor Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker for a crossover, and Ray Stevenson will play a mysterious villain admiral.
Ahsoka is best known for appearing in episodes of the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels”, voiced by Ashley Eckstein. Her appearance on “The Mandalorian” hinted that she might be picking up one of the loose threads in “Rebels”: Her hunt for the Empire’s Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the Star Wars Expanded Universe’s fan-favorite villains, dating back to Timothy Zahn’s novel “Heir to the Empire” in 1991.
Dawson was linked to the project via social media: “Someone tweeted me and fancasted me,” Dawson said. “I retweeted back and I was like, ‘Absolutely, yes thanks’ and ‘#AhsokaLives.'” And apparently it got the attention of someone who has been doing the ‘Star Wars’ press for years. She forwarded it to Dave Filoni. Kind of started a whole thing. I was like, ‘Oh my God, did I get fancast in something?'”
Dawson has also already run into trouble for apparently confirming Christensen joining the cast before his official announcement. To note, Dawson’s titular character was previously an apprentice to Skywalker in “The Clone Wars” animated series, so the crossover isn’t too surprising.
Dawson wrote, “Skyguy … They know!!! See you soon, Snips,” using the characters’ nicknames for each other from “The Clone Wars.” It was only later that Dawson learned that the report was an unconfirmed rumor.
“I looked in my email and ‘Star Wars’ was like, ‘You might want to take it down,'” Dawson explained. “I’m like, ‘Man, I can’t be trusted.'”
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