Ahsoka has her own Star Wars series coming up but if Rosario Dawson has her way that wont be the end of the former Jedis story.
The electric atmosphere that permeates the Star Wars fandom has been particularly active lately especially thanks to all the big updates going around. With a real focus on fan favorites lately it looks as though lovers of the franchise have plenty to look forward to in the next couple of years. But now some new comments from Ahsoka star Rosario Dawson may potentially extend that goodness even further.
Dawson whose upcoming series Ahsoka recently began official production appears to have a real attachment to her role as the titular former Jedi Ahsoka Tano. After debuting as the Star Wars character in The Mandalorian and making another appearance alongside a deepfake Luke Skywalker in The Book of Boba Fett she must have found the part to her liking. Now the actress may be ready to extend those appearances even past the Ahsoka series.
In an interview with Vanity Fair Dawson went into great detail about how much she enjoys playing the character and even just enjoys the character herself. She loves Ahsoka Tano so much that she apparently hopes to keep playing the now iconic togruta forceuser indefinitely. As long as they want me and as long as its possible Dawson said Im in it. But this isnt just a newfound appreciation after embodying the role. Shes actually been a fan for some time and even offered some of her own nitpicky skepticism at first.
When I first put [the headpiece with Ahsokas trademark horns and head tails] on I was like Oh they look different… Dawson explained referencing how the design had changed from the one she was used to watching in animated form on The Clone Wars and Rebels. But showrunner and beloved Star Wars creator Dave Filoni reassured her. He was like No but were working with stunts and everything and we want to be able to do all of that practically. So its pretty clear that Dawson had a genuine love for Ahsoka as a character right from the getgo to the point where she was all over the idea even well before being asked to play the part.
Way back in 2017 on Twitter a fan posted art of Dawson as Ahsoka to which Dawson herself responded Ummmm… yes please! The timing was apparently perfect as Filoni was already working on bringing the character into liveaction and this exchange caught his attention. The rest is history still in the making leading to the new series and appropriately a new work of art focusing on the representation Dawsons casting brings to the franchise particularly for young women of color who get to see someone like them as a hero in the beloved mythos. That piece can be seen as part of Star Wars Celebrations 2022 art show.
Hiring fans may not always be the best choice when it comes to quality but casting Dawson as Ahsoka has proven to be a decision almost universally praised. The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett offered some enticing glimpses of what she can bring to the role but it will be very interesting to see what she does when given an entire series to play with on Ahsoka.