If you were wondering when the next chunk of small-screen ‘Star Wars’ might be on the way –– we can now offer you an exact date. Yes, following a vague announcement of August, Disney+ has announced that new series ‘Ahsoka’ (or to give it its full title: ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka’) will debut on the streaming service on August 23rd.
Voiced in animated form by Ashley Eckstein, the character is played in live action by Rosario Dawson, who brings the former Jedi warrior to life with all the dual-lightsaber action you might be craving.
What’s Ahsoka Tano’s story?
Set after the fall of the Empire, ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka’ follows the former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy. The character was co-created by George Lucas and Dave Filoni and made her debut as the Jedi apprentice and foil of Anakin Skywalker in the animated TV series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and also starred in ‘Star Wars: Rebels’.
In her ‘Mandalorian’ debut, Ahsoka was the person who revealed to Mando (and the viewing audience) that Baby Yoda’s real name is Grogu, and that he was raised in a Jedi temple on the planet of Coruscant. When the Empire came to power following the Clone Wars, Grogu was spirited away into hiding.
Ahsoka refuses to train him as a Jedi but advises Mando that he take the Child to the planet Tython, where there were strong Jedi forces left from an ancient Jedi temple. It’s there that Grogu meets up with Luke Skywalker who trains him further.
How does ‘Ahsoka’ continue her adventures?
When we last met Tano, she revealed that she was on a mission to track down the resurgent Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), the self-convinced heir to the Empire, and a dangerous threat who is rebuilding the former force.
And the show will also introduce live action versions of fan favorite ‘Rebels’ characters including Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, plus Chopper the moody droid (voiced though electronic means by Filoni) and Eman Esfandi as Ezra Bridger, who disappeared on a mission in the animated series’ finale.
Who else is in ‘Ahsoka’?
We will also meet some new foes and potential friends in the new series.
And as seen in the latest TV spot for the show, David Tennant –– or at least his voice –– is back playing Jedi droid tutor Huyang, introduced in ‘The Clone Wars’.
As mentioned at the start, ‘Ahsoka’ will debut on Disney+ on August 23rd, though Lucasfilm has yet to announce whether it’ll kick off with more than one episode.