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!
Ever since playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, I have been obsessed with the idea of a Gungan Jedi. I thought the game was fine, but most people seem to have loved it. They especially love the protagonist, Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan who must strike out on his own in the wake of the infamous Order 66.
I loathe Cal Kestis. He represents everything wrong with Star Wars these days. The last thing we need is another straight, white, cisgender, human male Jedi protagonist. In a universe as diverse as Star Wars, can we not get more creative with our Jedi heroes?
Specifically, whatever happened to Roo-Roo Page?
If you don’t immediately know Roo-Roo Page, she was a Force-sensitive Gungan girl who starred in the “Children of the Force” episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She was one of several Force-sensitive infants that the bounty hunter Cad Bane sought to kidnap for Darth Sidious. Suffice to say, the good guys won and Roo-Roo Page was not kidnapped by the bad guys. She stayed with her family.
The episode took place in 21 BBY in the Star Wars timeline. Revenge of the Sith occurs in 19 BBY. So Roo-Roo would be about 3-years-old at the time of Order 66, which is about the age that children are taken by the Jedi to begin their training.
What I’m saying is, it wouldn’t be too crazy to come up with a way for a 3-year-old Gungan to survive Order 66. And then she’d be a teenager around the time of Star Wars: Rebels or Rogue One. It wouldn’t be too crazy!
Honestly, I just want to see a badass Gungan warrior woman with a lightsaber cutting her way through Stormtroopers and teaming up with an older Ahsoka Tano. There have been plenty of Jedi that survived Order 66, and it’s time to introduce one that isn’t a human male.
The world is ready for a badass Gungan Jedi! Or, at least, I am ready.
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.
Star Wars Celebration went on all weekend, and after the big real of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and it’s trailer, we’ve now got trailers for a new video game and the resurrected season of the Clone Wars cartoon. So neat Star Wars stuff is still coming to our universe!
First up, let’s check out that sweet Clone Wars trailer!
Looks pretty neat! I was late in getting on board both Clone Wars and Rebels, but both turned out great! So another batch of Clone Wars episode should be sweet!
Then there’s the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s supposed to be a single-player game about a young padawan rising to become a Jedi in the post-Revenge of the Sith time period. I’m more hesitant about this.
I’ll see what the reviews say before I buy this game. This is a character/setting combination we’ve seen plenty of times before. Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars Rebels was exactly this. And I’m rather bummed that the main character is your standard bland white guy with brown hair. They couldn’t have come up with an alien padawan? Those existed, you know!
Sadly, Star Wars didn’t release the trailer for The Mandalorian TV show, despite playing it for the audience at Celebration. Wonder why they held that one back. Maybe they want to give it its own big release in a couple months.