The Mandalorian's Rosario Dawson Is In Full Ahsoka Tano Mode In On-Set Video From Her New TV Show

Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) speaks with Grogu and Din Djarin on The Mandalorian (2020)

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Rosario Dawson’s debut as the live-action Ahsoka Tano on The Mandalorian Season 2 was one of TV’s biggest events in 2020. The actress seamlessly slid into the role of the fan-favorite Jedi, so it was no surprise when Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that she would reprise the role in her own spinoff series. Dawson is working on other projects at the moment, though, such as HBO Max’s DMZ miniseries. But even while working on that series, Dawson is still in full-on Ahsoka mode, as evidenced by a cool on-set video.

Rosario Dawson recently posted the video to her Instagram, and it shows her and one of her colleagues, VFX whiz Omar Sfreddo, have some Star Wars fun while taking a break from their work on DMZ. The video shows Dawson sporting Ahsoka’s signature “head-tails” and two small lightsabers and doing battle with Sfreddo, who’s sporting a Mandalorian helmet. Check out the video below to see their duel, which Sfreddo enhanced with some nifty special effects:

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As a Star Wars fan, I can’t think of a better way to spend your downtime on a set, and it definitely looks like Rosario Dawson and Omar Sfreddo enjoyed their own “climactic” duel. And most of us probably would’ve ultimately surrendered to Dawson as well, given her skills with lightsabers.

Star Wars has been a passion of Rosario Dawson’s for some time now, as she’s shown plenty of enthusiasm for the franchise over the years. She’d also been vocal about her desire to play Ahsoka Tano, which made it incredibly sweet when it was reported early last year that she’d been cast in the role. Fans can thank Lucasfilm producer Dave Filoni (and studio head Kathleen Kennedy) for casting her in the role.

At present, there aren’t too many concrete details about the upcoming Mandalorian spinoff series, Ahsoka. However, rumors suggest that it will dive even further into Star Wars lore by bringing back some beloved characters from Rebels. And as Rosario Dawson’s character continues her journey across the galaxy, her skills and character are sure to be tested. To prepare yourself for that, you can check out her explosive debut on The Mandalorian by streaming it on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link.

Of course, before we get too ahead of ourselves on Rosario Dawson’s Star Wars future, one immediately has to wonder if or how she’ll put those skills to use on DMZ. The series, executive produced by Ava DuVernay, is based on a comic book series about a Second Civil War (in the near future). And as a result, the island of Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone.

Keeping the premise in mind, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that Rosario Dawson’s character, a medic named Alma, could get some cool action scenes of her own. Though whether any of those scenes would rival Ahsoka’s remains to be seen.

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