Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Ahsoka Actress Is Having To Unlearn The Character For Season 7

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News of Star Wars: The Clone Wars' return was more than welcome to fans, and apparently, it's an effort that hasn't been without its struggles thus far. Ahsoka Tano voice actress Ashley Eckstein certainly hasn't complained about getting the opportunity to return to the show when discussing the unique challenge of reprising Ahsoka for Season 7, but did say she had to do a bit of unlearning of the character following her time on Star Wars Rebels.

Well, it's so funny because, after Clone Wars and when I jumped into Rebels, it was actually pretty hard for me to do Rebels Ahsoka because she was that much older and she was a whole lot more like Obi-Wan rather than Ahsoka from Clone Wars. She was more of the mentor now, the teacher, and so it took me a while to get into that role, and then now I have to go back to Clone Wars, so I have to unlearn everything that I learned and that place I went to for Rebels Ahsoka and go back to Clone Wars Ahsoka...

As Ashley Eckstein mentioned, there's quite a difference between the Ahsoka Tano who appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the one seen in Star Wars Rebels. Eckstein's Rebels portrayal, which was her most recent, featured a much more mature Ahsoka. Obviously, that wasn't going to fly for Clone Wars Season 7, so Eckstein had to shed the more sagely Ahsoka persona to play the younger one fans of the first series would be familiar with.

It's not a complete transformation, however, as Ashley Eckstein told CBR this Ahsoka will be different as well due to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6. Things will pick up not long after Ahsoka left the Jedi Order and show her contemplating her next move. We know where she ends up in Star Wars Rebels, so we're guessing the remaining episodes will put Ahsoka on a path that shapes who she is in Rebels.

As for other details about the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ashley Eckstein tried to remain as tight-lipped as possible. Despite her unwillingness to spill a bunch of yet to be revealed secrets, Eckstein did reassure curious fans that progress is being made and she has faith in Dave Filoni's abilities (and the crew) to do Season 7 right.

We're currently recording. That's all I can say! [laughs] So it's coming to the Disney streaming service. And that's about it. But, you know, I can promise -- obviously, Dave Filoni is a part of it and he's done his best to bring back a lot of the key people that were a part of the show, pretty much all the cast members and then also some of the main crew members. The stories are incredible, the people are incredible and anything that Dave Filoni touches is going to be amazing.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars' return is set to go down on Disney's upcoming streaming service and feature 12 episodes that deliver some closure to iconic animated show that went unfinished. Folks can currently binge the series on Netflix, or check out what new things are coming to television in the near future over at our fall premiere guide.

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