21 March 2020 14:39
The Mandalorian is adding more to its cast, and the character being added is a a fan favorite from an The Clone Wars. Variety reported that Rosario Dawson is joining the cast for the series' second season. She will play Ahsoka Tano, who was the apprentice of Anakin Skywalker in the animated series. The second season of The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Disney+ later this year. Rosario Dawson is guest starring in the Disney's The Mandalorian as Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's apprentice and one of the central characters in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
As confirmed by Variety, Dawson's role marks the first live-action appearance of Tano after being voiced by Ashley Eckstein in the animated show. Not a lot is known about the impact of Tano in The Mandalorian Season 2, but her presence makes for an interesting one seeing as Jon Favreau's show takes place between the end of the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. Season 1 of The Mandalorian ended with Mando (Pedro Pascal) flying off to search for Baby Yoda's home planet. To say that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker divided fans would be a bit of an understatement. In fact, the last two Star Wars movies have been divisive but that's a different article.
Grunberg was also asked about the idea that there was conflict between Abrams and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Grunberg insisted that he heard nothing negative about Johnson from Abrams and that this conflict is people making things up. This is part of Star Wars, which is finding conflict. People are going to make things up. I never heard one disparaging thing from J.J. about Rian. It's one of those things where if you pay attention to the film and engage with it, all it does is keep that story going. He loves how creative and how brilliant he is." This isn't going to convince the diehard people that a "J.J. cut" doesn't exist or that there isn't tension between Abrams and Johnson but it is nice to hear it from someone who was on the ground. As always Star Wars continues to be a divisive fandom and people won't stop yelling about The Rise of Skywalker anymore than they will stop yelling about the prequels or ewoks.