Actress Rosario Dawson has reportedly won the highly coveted role of Ahsoka Tano for Disney and Lucasfilm’s next season of The Mandalorian. A Togruta female, Tano is a fan-favorite who was introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan.
Slashfilm broke the exclusive and pointed out that Dawson’s casting stemmed from fan output:
This is a fan-casting dream come true. In 2017, a fan tweeted at Rosario Dawson, asking her to appear in a Star Wars movie as Ahsoka, and the actress responded, “Ummmm… yes, please?! #AhsokaLives” This tweet spurred groups of fans to campaign for her to play the role. Dawson was later asked about the fan campaign while appearing on Good Morning America, and she commented that “It would be amazing!”
Ummmm… yes please?! #AhsokaLives #AhsokaTano #StarWars https://t.co/jYposLVGIY— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) February 7, 2017
Hmmm… @starwars for @rosariodawson? YES! She talks about wanting to be in a future film.— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 21, 2017
Cc: @dave_filoni @pablohidalgo #AhsokaLives pic.twitter.com/TI0tjVtXPE
Dawson has a pretty interesting and varied resume, having starred in films such as Men in Black II, Sin City, Clerks II, Eagle Eye, and Seven Pounds. She also had a recurring role as Claire Temple in Netflix’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Defenders series.
We’ll see how well she pulls off Ahsoka when The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres in October 2020. Some people think it’ll debut on Disney+ ahead of schedule due to the coronavirus, which has been prompting studios to release their content earlier instead of later.