The most exciting news in pop culture this past week was the reveal that Rosario Dawson has been cast as a live action Ahsoka Tano for the second season of The Mandalorian! Even if Hollywood was still up and running like normal, this would still be the most exciting news for me! Ahsoka is a great character, Rosario is a great actor, and The Mandalorian is a great show!
So who else should make the jump from cartoon to live action Star Wars?
This is all about synergy. Obviously the Star Wars movies are incredibly popular, but there’s an even bigger world of bonus cartoon and comic material churning away under the Disney umbrella: The Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance, a whole heck of a lot of Marvel comics, even more novels, and a video game or two. Before this upcoming Ashoka appearance, we already had Saw Gerrera jump from The Clone Wars to Rebels to the film Rogue One. As a Star Wars fan, this sort of thing is thrilling, and I want to see more of it!
As a rule, I’m going to restrict my list to characters who have appeared in Disney products. There are a million Legacy/Expanded Universe characters out there, and Disney is not likely to use them. So I’m going to limit my ideas to six in-Disney-canon Star Wars characters that I want to see make the jump into full-on live action, whether it be in a new film, The Mandalorian or one of the other upcoming live action projects!
Join me after the jump! And feel free to share your hopes and dreams in the comments!
As if The Mandalorian couldn’t get any better! Word broke today that Ahsoka Tano will make the jump to live action for the upcoming second season, and she will be played by Rosario Dawson! Slashfilm broke the news, and it’s been confirmed by the likes of Variety.
Oh man, this is just the coolest news!
If you’ve never heard of Ahsoka Tano, she’s this badass rogue Jedi that was introduced in The Clone Wars cartoon as the padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Before turning to the Dark Side, Anakin was a full-on Jedi teacher and had this scrappy young padawan. Ahsoka’s story was pretty great (and is continuing in the new season 7, currently coming out on Disney+), and she ended the series in limbo — only to then return a bit older and a bit wiser in the Rebels cartoon.
Basically, this is a character introduced in the bonus Star Wars cartoons and continues to jump between shows as her ongoing story stretches across multiple programs! That’s pretty darn cool!
And to make matters even cooler, she’s joining The Mandalorian! This was already a hit show, but now it’s getting this injection of pure Star Wars awesomeness! This is just so damn cool.
Think about it: what’s Mando supposed to do with Baby Yoda? He doesn’t know the Force! So someone has to teach the little dude how to control his power. Perhaps that someone will be…Ahsoka Tano!
Ahsoka Tano taking on Baby Yoda as her own padawan is pretty much the most fan-pleasing thing I can imagine happening in Star Wars. So I am pleased.
Here’s hoping the world doesn’t succumb to a virus apocalypse before we can watch this excellent show again!
I’m a big fan of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon. I watched it all back in the day and had a blast. And now that Disney+ is a thing, they’ve going to appeal to fans by giving us another season! It’ll be the true last season, and it looks like the most epic Star Wars thing of all time!
Man, that was cool! Ahsoka being awesome! Darth Maul being awesome! Everybody being awesome! This should be a pretty phenomenal season of television, especially in the Star Wars universe. We can survive the movies being only OK if we keep getting amazing Star Wars TV shows like this!
The final season of The Clone Wars comes to Disney+ on Feb. 21.
I am just the sort of geek who is thrilled to the gills about all of the Marvel and Star Wars projects announced at the D23 Disney convention this past weekend. It might be shallow of me to gobble up all of this spoon-fed, nostalgia-based programming, but I do not care. Give me a Ms. Marvel TV show! Give me an Obi-Wan Kenobi show!
I also loved the first trailer for The Mandalorian. I can’t wait to sign up for Disney+ streaming on launch day so I can watch all this great new content coming over the next few years. In terms of Star Wars, we’ve got The Mandalorian, we’ve got a Cassian Andor show, and we have Ewan McGregor returning for an Obi-Wan Kenobi show! No doubt there are even more live action Star Wars shows in the pipeline. I did a List of Six a long time ago of possible live action shows, and today’s list is going to be specific Star Warsy things I want to see show up on these live action shows!
Join me after the jump for what particularly dorky Star Wars things I want to see happen in live action. And feel free to share your own in the comments!
I am just one man, blogging, while also at my day job. There’s a very good chance I won’t get to everything that comes out this weekend from San Diego Comic-Con. But I can post a new trailer like anybody’s business! And these are a bunch that arrived last night!
First up, a proper teaser trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker. I like this much better than the quickie we got earlier in the week. We get some actual Doctor in this one, some real personality.
Next up is a story trailer for the Spider-Man game coming to Playstation 4 on Sept. 7. Now that I actually own a Playtation 4, I’m actually very excited about this game. So any new look at what we’re going to get is exciting.
Even if it still runs the risk of being a bad game. We’ll see.
Another trailer we got is a look at the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I quite enjoyed that cartoon, and I guess enough fans did as well that Disney is bringing it back for another batch of brand new episodes!
Anything that gives us more Ahsoka Tano is good news to me! Even if the ultimate Ahsoka/Darth Vader showdown already exists.
Finally, we got another look at that new Ninja Turtles cartoon, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This first look also provides a couple minutes of actual episode. And I can honestly say I won’t be having anything to do with this show. It looks terrible.
That’s not to say I’m one of those bitter fans complaining about how this new show is killing my childhood. Not at all. I’m simply recognizing that this show is not meant for me, and therefore I won’t take part. The animation, the comedy, the entire style of the show is just not for me. But I wish everybody involved the best of luck and I hope their take on the Turtles is successful.
Be sure to keep returning to my blog today as I dutifully attempt to upload all of the trailers and news that I either can or care about.