Lucasfilm and Disney announced this morning that The Mandalorian spin-off series, Ahsoka, has begun filming. The announcement was made via social media, with Dave Filoni’s iconic hat and the director’s chair featuring the series’ logo.
What is Ahsoka about?
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.
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.
Peter Ramsey (Into the Spider-Verse) is among those in the director’s chair. Developed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, in conjunction with their work on The Mandalorian, Ahsoka is expected to debut on Disney+ in 2023.