The 2014-18 Lucasfilm 3D-animated series “Star Wars Rebels” is considered to be one of the best spinoffs of the space opera franchise. Not only did it have a likeable main character (Ezra Bridger), it also brought in popular personages from previous similarly-popular series “Star Wars: Clone Wars” (Ahsoka Tano) but also from the now de-canonized “Star Wars” sequel novels (Grand Admiral Thrawn). Ezra and Thrawn “disappeared” in the series finale of “Rebels” with Ahsoka journeying in the end to find them, a plot point picked up with her live-action appearance in “The Mandalorian” season 2 on Disney+. Perhaps she might find them in her own upcoming live-action Disney+ spinoff series?
While there is still much work to be done on pre-production for live-action “Star Wars” series “Ahsoka” following its announcement December last year, speculation on its plot intensified according to Screen Rant, after its lead star hinted that fan-cast suggestions for Ezra and Thrawn might be on to something. Rosario Dawson, who headlines as the titular Ahsoka Tano in reprise of her appearance in “The Mandalorian,” hints that Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen, who voiced Thrawn in “Star Wars Rebels,” could reprise the character in the flesh for her series, while Ezra Bridger could be portrayed by Mena Massoud (2019’s “Aladdin”).
It started earlier this week when Dawson shared an Instagram post suggesting the casting of Massoud and Mikkelsen as Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn respectively, giving hearty approval to the proposal in the caption. While this is not an official update from the mouth of Lucasfilm itself, the fact that the star of “Ahsoka” has voiced her piece on the matter might just have the pull needed to make the production consider. And while Massoud is not exactly lacking for casting calls after starring in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake, he could work as cast member in another major franchise.
Rosario Dawson, who has expressed interest in portraying “Star Wars: Clone Wars” breakout character Ahsoka Tano since 2017, finally realized her dream when she played the former Jedi padawan of Anakin Skywalker on “The Mandalorian” season 2 episode 5: “The Jedi,” where she reveals she is continuing to search for Grand Admiral Thrawn, who disappeared along with “Star Wars Rebels” main character Ezra at the end of that series. Initial blurbs about the “Ahsoka” show claim that it starts sometime after “Rebels,” which might explain why the character Ahsoka confronts in “The Mandalorian” claims Thrawn as her master, for starters.
Lucasfilm is juggling multiple plates of “Star Wars” stuff for Disney+ in the coming months and years. Coming much sooner for streaming than “Ahsoka” is “The Book of Boba Fett” with Temuera Morrison. Other productions include “Rogue One” prequel “Andor,” the anime anthology “Star Wars Visions,” and an “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series with Ewan McGregor reprising.
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