Last week, Star Wars fans were given some big news when it was revealed that Rosario Dawson had been cast to play Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian season 2. This represents the live-action debut for the fan-favorite character, but many were left to wonder, what about Ashley Eckstein? How does she feel about all of this? Now, we know. Sort of.
Ashley Eckstein, taking to Instagram, released a lengthy, heartfelt statement on the matter. The actress has voiced the character ever since her debut in The Clone Wars animated movie in 2008 and has been a major part of the character's continued success throughout the years. While she didn't touch on her feelings regarding Rosario Dawson getting the part, specifically, she did acknowledge what has been going on. Here's what Eckstein had to say about it.
"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."
One thing that is undeniably true for those that are familiar with Ashley Eckstein is that she is a beacon of positivity in the Star Wars galaxy. So she certainly wouldn't publically voice any ill will she had about someone else bringing the character to life in live-action, even if she harbored any in secret. Mainly, this seems to just be her saying she has no real information to contribute, at least for now.
Rosario Dawson is a more well-known actress when it comes to on-screen roles. Be that as it may, for many fans, Ashley Eckstein and Ahsoka are one and the same. That is part of what makes it tricky when bringing an animated character to the world of live-action. Speaking further, Eckstein expressed her deep gratitude for the Star Wars community, who have shown her lots of love recently.
"As I write this message, it's really hard to put into words my appreciation for all of the help Star Wars fans have given me because I was truly not expecting the outpour of kindness I received. I wake up every day with a mission to spread hope and light and my heart is bursting with gratitude after being the recipient of so much love from our Star Wars community. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you."
Ahsoka Tano is currently appearing in the final season of The Clone Wars on Disney+. As far as The Mandalorian season 2 goes, there are no details regarding how Ahsoka will be utilized, but the series is set to return in October. Be sure to check out the post in its entirety from Ashley Eckstein's Instagram.
The first season of Disney's hit series The Mandalorian is ample proof that Star Wars fatigue is far from setting in, with fans still very much on board to experience new and exciting adventures set in a galaxy far, far away. Well, excitement for the upcoming second season is hotting up, especially with the recent news that Daredevil star Rosario Dawson will be taking on the role of fan-favorite Jedi warrior, Ahsoka Tano. To get an idea of what the actress might look like as the character, a new fan-made concept design shows off what the actress could look like as Ahsoka Tano in the second season of The Mandalorian.
Digital artist Mizuri has created an image that depicts Rosario Dawson wielding a green lightsaber as the live-action version of Ahsoka Tano. In the caption, the artist notes that as a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars growing up, they are excited to see Ahsoka Tano when The Mandalorian returns for its second season on the Disney Plus streaming service. They are far from the only one, with fans having been crying out for the character to make her live-action debut for some time.
'Woah!! It seems like Rosario Dawson will be joining the cast of @themandalorian as Ahsoka Tano! Growing up, I really enjoyed Star Wars the Clone Wars, so it'll be really cool seeing Ahsoka in live action! Here's a poster remix of Dawson in Sin City, turned into Ahsoka Tano. Enjoy!'
It was revealed last week that Dawson has now been cast as the beloved character, with the news being welcomed by many fans who have longed to see Ahsoka Tano appear in a live-action Star Wars project since the character made her debut in The Clone Wars animated movie back in 2008. Though the image may not be an official one, it wonderfully demonstrates what a good casting choice Dawson is, and how great the character could end up looking in the final product.
In her first appearance, Ahsoka Tano was voiced by Ashley Eckstein, with the character ending up being a staple of The Clone Wars series. Over time, she has found an audience and has become a truly important character within the franchise. Other than her appearance in the The Clone Wars, Ahsoka has also appeared in the animated series Rebels and, over the years, has become one of the most popular characters in all of Star Wars. Eckstein also provided her voice for a brief line in last year's The Rise of Skywalker. Though it may be someone else taking on the role for The Mandalorian, Eckstein has said that she is 'always happy to see her legacy continued'.
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