According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-winning director Peter Ramsey is making the jump from Marvel to Lucasfilm.
The site says filmmaker, who made history when he became the first Black director to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2019 for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is expected to helm at least one episode of the upcoming Star Wars solo spin-off series Ahsoka (try saying that five times fast).
While the official episode count and any other potential directors have not been announced, shooting is expected to begin later this month in California.
Expected to take place five years after the Return of the Jedi events, in Ahsoka, the titular character hunts for Grand Admiral Thrawn – the villain (anti-hero?) who joined Star Wars canon from the “Expanded Universe” via Star Wars Rebels (and various canon and EU novels by beloved author Timothy Zahn).
Anakin Skywalker’s former padawan, Ahsoka Tano, pursues the shifty Imperial holdout hoping it will help her locate the missing Ezra Bridger, the young Jedi that disappeared with Thrawn in the finale of Rebels.
Presumably, most of the series is set in the timeline of The Mandalorian and, like The Book of Boba Fett, is possible another chapter of the award-winning space drama.
Rosario Dawson returns as Tano, who first appeared via live-action in the second season of The Mandalorian. Hayden Christensen returns to the small screen after his appearance in Obi-Wan Kenobi, reprising his role as Darth Vader.
Also joining the cast are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, and Ivanna Sakhno, all in currently unknown roles.
The series, set to film under the working title “Stormcrow,” remains scheduled to begin production in April.
Developed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, in conjunction with their work on The Mandalorian, Ahsoka is expected to debut on Disney+ in 2023.