When the world learned that Sin City and Death Proof actress Rosario Dawson would be playing the live-action iteration of beloved Star Wars character Ahsoka Tano in the second season of The Mandalorian, the internet went crazy. Not only would she bring new life and fresh energy to Ashley Eckstein’s iconic role, but she would also be opening doors to new possibilities for a character who had previously only been animated.
On Friday evening, Rosario Dawson posted a video to her Twitter showing just how her makeup artists transformed her into the exiled Jedi. She gives credit where credit is due, mentioning Ashley Eckstein’s immense contribution to the character, before going on to tag Dave Filoni, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau, and Brian Sipe and Samantha Ward.
Ahsoka’s journey has been one of tragedy, heroism, and sacrifice, one that has forced her to confront her former master in combat, make a concerted effort to maintain Jedi tradition, and put her on a collision course with a certain Imperial admiral last seen in Star Wars: Rebels. She has been through the wringer, and what better way to celebrate Ahsoka’s strength and resiliency than by showing the care and time that went into making Rosario Dawson a live-action version of the character.
In the months since news broke that Rosario Dawson would be portraying Ahsoka, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a live-action series titled Ahsoka, which will see Dawson reprising her role and receiving her own live-action story. It will be interesting to see how her role evolves across the show and the huge crossover Lucasfilm is building toward. Lucasfilm will reportedly merge the storylines of The Mandalorian, Rangers of the New Republic, and Ahsoka for a crossover that may mimic the happenings of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire. Heir to the Empire is one of the best Star Wars epics ever, and it will be great to get a proper adaptation of it.
One of Lucasfilm’s best, most brilliant architects, Dave Filoni, created Ahsoka Tano for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, animated series that successfully enriched and expanded the Star Wars universe in some genuinely surprising, fan-pleasing ways. It was through that seven-season series – which ended last May – that Filoni was able to flesh out Ahsoka’s character and endear her to countless fans. Now, she ranks among the most popular Star Wars characters, mainly because The Clone Wars established her as a heroine behind whom we can all rally. Rosario Dawson’s performance in The Mandalorian was great, too, and Filoni fittingly directed her live-action debut.
The actress’s fame is not without its controversies, as in November 2020 – just days after her debut on The Mandalorian – Rosario Dawson responded to an anti-trans lawsuit leveled against her and her family. Undeterred by the allegations, Lucasfilm has reportedly signed her on for three seasons of her solo show. Between her expanded role in the Star Wars mythos and her recent turns in Marvel’s Netflix shows, her career still appears to be going strong.