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The official trailer for the upcoming Star Wars series gave audiences a glimpse at the myriad of worlds, locales, and characters slated to arrive when Ahsoka premieres on Disney+. Among these is Mikkelsen's Admiral Thrawn, whose threat is made readily apparent from the first mention of the villain's name. Disney+ also revealed a new poster featuring Ahsoka poised with her lightsaber.
The release of the trailer coincides with that of the Journey to Ahsoka featurette, which follows Dawson's personal journey to becoming the titular Jedi hero from the fan campaign calling for her to be cast in the role all the way back in 2017 through her debut as the live-action Ahsoka Tano on The Mandalorian to now. Dawson recently opened up about her hopes to continue playing Ahsoka in future productions alongside co-creator and director Dave Filoni. "I hope that he continues to bring Ahsoka along," she said. "Because he's been very loyal to her over the years, and she to him. That's not going away anytime soon. So any kind of way and iteration that I can keep working with Dave, and being inspired by him, and challenging him when I can – it would be awesome."
Ahsoka's Ensemble Cast
Alongside Dawson and Mikkelsen, Ahsoka stars an ensemble cast including Natasha Liu Bordizzo in the live-action debut of fan-favorite Sabine Wren, a character originally from the animated Star Wars Rebels series. When discussing the training she put into the role, Bordizzo explained that the process "took months and months." Bordizzo added, "I'm so glad we had the time because it would have sucked to come in late and then try to rush to be at the level that I wanted to be at."
Ahsoka also marks a posthumous role for the late Ray Stevenson, who plays one of Thrawn's villainous servants, Baylon. Stevenson passed away in May 2023 while filming Cassino in Ischia in Italy. Stevenson has been remembered fondly by cast and crew alike, with co-star and fellow series antagonist Ivanna Sakhno recalling Stevenson's tension-easing antics on set. "I remember the first scene that we were filming, [Ray] came up with a song for Shin," Sakhno said. "I can't say too much of the scene itself, but Ray would just constantly walk around like, 'Who let the Shin out? Who, who, who…?"
In April, it was reported that Filoni was slated to helm one of three upcoming Star Wars feature films set across various eras in the franchise's wider history. Filoni's film will act as a "culmination" of the events of the current Star Wars present, which have run throughout the course of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett and will continue in Ahsoka before wrapping up in what will effectively be a crossover feature. So far, neither Filoni nor Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy have offered any indication as to when the movie will release in theaters.
Ahsoka arrives on Disney+ on Aug. 23.