Last week, we dropped a huge exclusive scoop about Rosario Dawson bringing The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated character Ahsoka Tano to life in live-action form in the second season of the Star Wars series The Mandalorianon Disney+. Needless to say, the reaction from fans was mostly one of pure excitement that this character was being brought in to the live-action Star Wars universe. However, not everyone was thrilled about the news.
Ashley Eckstein is the voice actress who has played Ahsoka Tano for years seen above right cosplaying as the character, and she's one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe. She's long hoped to play Ahsoka Tano in every possible form, so it should come as no surprise that a contingent of Star Wars fans have expressed disappointment and even anger that Eckstein wasn't asked to bring the character to life in The Mandalorianseason 2. But as Ashley Eckstein has responded to the Mandalorianseason 2 casting, she's taking the high road.
Here's what Ashley Eckstein posted to Instagram yesterday:
If you scroll through this post, you'll read a grateful letter from Ashley Eckstein responding to what she deems as a “rumor” about the casting of Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in the second season The Mandalorian. Notice that she doesn't confirm this story, but instead only responds with graciousness to the show of support from fans in their reactions to the story. As she says:
“The truth is, I am not involved in The Mandalorian. I can't answer questions that I have not been a part of. I am an actress and have performed in all types of mediums; live action film/television, theater, voice-over, hosting and it has been my dream for 14 years to continue to play Ahsoka Tano in all forms. I will continue to be grateful for opportunities to help create stories for Ahsoka Tano and I am always happy to see her legacy continued. I am only one member of a tremendously talented team of people that it takes to bring Ahsoka Tano to life. The final decisions for Ahsoka are not mine to make and I cannot comment on something that I truly know nothing about.”
That's an impressive bit of tapdancing while subtly confirming that if Ahsoka Tano really does appear in the second season of The Mandalorian which she will, the character will not be played by Ashley Eckstein.
Eckstein is undoubtedly disappointed that she's not bringing Ahsoka Tano to life in live-action form, but taking the high road in this situation is a smart move. That's especially true when you have some fans expressing anger in a rather unsettling way, and it's better that she doesn't lend any credence to them by showing bitterness herself. Plus, we're probably likely to see Ahsoka Tano's adventures continue in the animated world sometime in the future, especially when you consider the end of Star Wars Rebels.
Sci-fi film star Michael Biehn is the latest actor to be cast in “The Mandalorian” Season 2.
Biehn, among numerous other roles, portrayed Kyle Reese in the first “Terminator” film as well as Dwayne Hicks in “Aliens,” and he’s now set to play a bounty hunter that has a connection to the Mandalorian’s past. Though that’s all that is currently known about his character, the news marks yet another fan-friendly addition to the Disney+ series that is well-known for its curious celebrity appearances.
Biehn's casting was announced several days after the “Star Wars” fandom received a major gift via the news that Rosario Dawson will be guest starring as the fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano in “The Mandalorian” Season 2. Ahsoka has had extensive appearances in the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” series, and Dawson's portrayal will mark the character's first live-action appearance. Giancarlo Esposito's Moff Gideon, who was revealed to be in possession of the similarly beloved Darksaber weapon in the show's Season 1 finale, is also slated to appear in Season 2.
In other recent “The Mandalorian” casting news, Bill Burr, who played Mayfeld — a snarky and confrontational mercenary in the first season's sixth episode — is also slated to return in Season 2. Mayfeld and his crew betrayed the Mandalorian in the episode, but were bested by the protagonist, who locked the double-crossers in a New Republic prison transport vehicle. Mayfeld will have presumably broken free during the events of Season 2, and it's safe to assume that he'll be out for some kind of revenge.
As for Burr, the stand-up comedian and “F is for Family” co-creator was one of several high-profile entertainers who only appeared in single episodes in “The Mandalorian” Season 1. Amy Sedaris played a cranky spaceport worker and technician in the series' Tatooine episode, while Mark Boone Junior played an old mercenary and former associate of the Mandalorian in another episode.
Other actors, such as Taika Waititi, Werner Herzog, Carl Weathers, and Gina Carano, appeared in multiple episodes. Weathers portrayed a bounty hunter guild leader who double crossed the Mandalorian before eventually teaming up with him, while Carano's Cara Dune mercenary allied with the Mandalorian in three episodes. Weathers and Carano will return in “The Mandalorian” Season 2.
Making Star Wars was the first to report on Biehn's casting and Burr's return.
Locke & Key debuted on Netflix this February to fairly positive reviews and word-of-mouth buzz. And now, a little more a month after the highly anticipated adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s acclaimed horror comic book premiered, Netflix is officially renewing Locke & Key for a second season.
Locke and Key Season 2 Announced by Netflix
If you're hungry for season 2 of Locke and Key, we've got good news for you @lockekeynetflix pic.twitter.com/0hMfR4UsZV
— NX @NXOnNetflix March 30, 2020
Netflix got straight to business with its tweet about the Locke & Key season 2 renewal, but not without the tongue-in-cheek humor that has become typical of its social media posts. The NX Netflix Twitter account announced that Locke & Key has been renewed for season 2 with a video of several of the characters in the series devouring food and the caption, “If you’re hungry for season 2 of Locke and Key, we’ve got good news for you.” This is a reference to the key-hunting demons in the series, who possess human beings and imbue them with a ravenous hunger.
Developed by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite and based on the comic book series of the same name by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, Locke & Key tells the story of the three Locke siblings who discover their ancestral home is full of magical keys, and must battle a mysterious demon who stop at nothing to steal those keys.
Locke & Key received mostly positive reviews from critics, including one from /Film’s Rafael Motamayor, who wrote in his review: “Locke & Key is immensely rewarding for fans who have waited years for an adaptation of the comic, and it remains an intriguing and twisting tale of trauma and magic that will captivate a whole new audience. Let’s just hope that the door to this world stays open for years to come.”
The first season of Locke & Key is now streaming on Netflix.
After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse Lost, Bates Motel and Meredith Averill The Haunting of Hill House, the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.