This August sees the arrival of “Star Wars: Ahsoka,” the live-action series that finally sees the animated character finally headlining her own show.
Whilst it follows on from her live-action appearances in “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” more than anything, the new series serves as a sequel to the animated series “Star Wars Rebels”.
Thus it takes place years after the events of that show as Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) has been wandering the galaxy and is still searching for the missing Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi) last seen having disappeared into the unknown regions with Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).
Dave Filoni, who created and served as showrunner of both “Rebels” and “Ahsoka,” recently spoke with Empire and said the main emotional thrust for Ahsoka’s character is essentially opening herself up to others:
“She’s a wanderer at this point and is in a lot of ways wary of any organisation as such because of the power that comes with it as a group.
She walks a path that basically died out a long time ago, and there aren’t many like her left, if any. So that’s a lonely thing. What is that life like? If you are a loner, you have a very small circle of friends. What is it like, then, when you try to open back up?”
One challenge for Filoni is he had to build a series both for those who are very familiar with “Star Wars Rebels,” and those who had never seen it whose only real experience with Ahsoka is her Mandoverse appearances:
“The biggest challenge was, there’s a whole bunch of audience that know her and a whole bunch that don’t. She has one foot in the Star Wars that a lot of people know because of her connection to Anakin, and yet she’s all new and can go in her own direction, in her own way. I think that makes her an interesting bridge between what came before and what’s really possible.”
Rebels ended with an epilogue scene in which Sabine Wren and Ahsoka set out to find Ezra. The pair have obviously separated since then, but Sabine returns for “Ahsoka” with Natasha Liu Bordizzo taking on the role.
A photo recently released by Empire suggests that the epilogue scene will be recreated in live-action form, indicating we may see what happened after that.
Filoni says the epilogue was designed with a purpose that he’s now able to fulfil:
“Even at the time I did the Rebels epilogue, I felt like, ‘If I go forward with this, this has to be challenging in another way’. And the challenge was going to be live-action. I wanted to resolve these things with [Ahsoka], but I wanted to do something new with it.”
The eight-episode “Ahsoka” series is set to kick off in August.