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Update! Rosario Dawson and Dave Filoni Talk Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    Following the release of the latest episode of The Mandalorian, which was written and directed by Dave Filoni, Vanity Fair has published an interview with him and star Rosario Dawson, who made her Star Wars debut in The Jedi, where she played the live-action incarnation of the beloved padawan of Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano. They talked about everything about the episode, and how it came to be. Make sure to check out our review of The Jedi, too.



    We learn from this article that actually the idea for the casting came from a now very famous tweet, in which Dawson replied to a fan asking for her to play the role in live-action:



    https://twitter.com/rosariodawson/status/828802110888120320?s=20



    Apparently, that caught the attention of Dave Filoni, who pitched the idea to The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau when they were discussing the inclusion of the character in the second season. Here's what they said about this:

    According to Dawson, this happened right before the first season hit Disney Plus, on November 12, 2019. Prior to this, she had limited knowledge about the character, having only seen a few episodes from The Clone Wars. Here's what she said about that:

    A fun fact regarding her casting as Anakin's padawan is that Dawson went to acting class with Hayden Christensen himself, and years later they even worked together on Shattered Glass.



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    Dave Filoni weighed in on how they decided to go with Rosario Dawson for the part:

    One of the first hesitations that come to mind when you say out loud 'We're doing live-action Ahsoka' is, obviously, how are you going to pull off the look. Both Filoni and Dawson talked at length about this:

    The final detail that was left for her full transformation into the character was the eyes.

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    Back in January, George Lucas visited the set, as showrunner Jon Favreau documented via his Twitter account.

    https://twitter.com/Jon_Favreau/status/1217993455487475712



    The interview also took a moment to talk about Ashley Eckstein, who voiced Ahsoka Tano in all of her appearances in the animated shows and the movie The Clone Wars.

    The interview turned to Rosario Dawson's personal affairs, as she was asked about the lawsuit that was filed against her for being anti-trans bias, as well as a physical altercation that involved her. All of the trans-phobic stuff has been sorted out, but a part of the fanbase was still a bit concerned about this matter. Here's what she said to calm down the masses:

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    Going back to The Jedi, the story takes place in a forest world called Corvus, which almost looks post-apocalyptic. About this setting, Dave Filoni said:

    Finally, they talked about Baby Yoda's name reveal. Apparently, Grogu is a name that has been around for a longer time than we thought:

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    We also learned about Baby Yoda's backstory, and how he came to be where he is now (we didn't get the full picture, but we learned quite a bit). Filoni also talked about why was Ahsoka the right person to tell that:

    And also, they talked about one of the other main points The Jedi made - why does Ahsoka not want to train Baby Yoda (sorry, Grogu)?

    If you enjoyed these excerpts, make sure to head over to Vanity Fair, where an even longer version of the interview is posted.







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    Vanity Fair added a new question to the article:



    That quest, we learn, is a search for the villain Grand Admiral Thrawn. The last time fans saw Ahsoka was this spring's finale of The Clone Wars, but in the actual Star Wars chronology, the last time we saw her was at the end of Rebels, venturing off with Sabine Wren to find Ezra Bridger, who vanished along with Thrawn. Where does that scene fit in with where we find her in The Mandalorian?

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    Superb article!! Even more happy with the choice of Rosario for this important role.
     
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    Great article and I love the story of how she was cast. She is Ahsoka, and I couldn't be happier with her first outing!

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    Regarding the discrimination... you really think Lucasfilm/Disney didn't do their due diligence regarding the allegations? She would've been let go on the spot.
     
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    This article tells me we should not skimp on tweeting our ideas for fan casts. ;)
     
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    Fantastic read!
     
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