Ahsoka Tano’s story in Star Wars: The Clone Wars is about to come to an explosive end with the “Siege of Mandalore” story arc. Although, this doesn’t appear to be the end for the character in the Star Wars universe as a whole. Reports have claimed that Ahsoka will make the jump to the live-action medium in Disney+’s The Mandalorian and will be played by Rosario Dawson. No one from Disney or Lucasfilm has formally addressed the reports but, now, Clone Wars creator and Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni is weighing in.
When asked about the chances of fans seeing Ahsoka in The Mandalorian, Filoni played coy, lamenting the amount of reports and rumors that have been circulating. He did, however, admit that there are plenty of live-action possibilities for the character:
All those rumors! Over the years people have always asked me about that character and potential live-action possibilities. It's a real credit to the animation team and everybody that's been involved with her over the years to make a character that fans say, "Hey, that would be great. We would want to see that." And the debates that surround that. When we started in 2008 giving Anakin Skywalker a young Padawan wasn't at top of mind for a lot of people. It seemed a bit out of left field and risky. George always knew that it would work if we did it the right way. The great thing about the character is she's proved herself and earned her place among the Star Wars leads out there. So whatever the future holds, who knows? But for now, we'll get to see this ending of Clone Wars and see how that goes.
Filoni definitely wasn’t keen on giving a straight answer when talking to EW, which could mean that Ahsoka is indeed going to be joining the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda. Filoni is a master secret keeper and has played coy before.
Having co-created Ahsoka Tano with George Lucas, Dave Filoni is very protective of the character and has guided her path since conception. This could also be why he’s been somewhat hesitant to add her to a live-action project.
He’s brought the character a long way from her debut in 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars film. She initially began as a padawan to Anakin Skywalker but, in time, she became a mature and capable Jedi Knight who’s now taken on Darth Maul. Bringing her into The Mandalorian could be risky, but it would also be a nice way to add even more to her characterization.
Even after Dave Filoni’s comments, we still can’t say for sure if Ahsoka will actually show up in The Mandalorian. But the fact that Filoni pretty much avoided the question means that it may not be long before we see Ahsoka in all of her live-action glory.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is currently streaming on Disney+ as is the first season of The Mandalorian.