Wednesday 12 July 2023

Return of Thrawn in Ahsoka

On Tuesday, Lucasfilm released the first official trailer for Ahsoka.

The trailer gives Star Wars fans (myself included) a first look at a live-action Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen). Fans attending Star Wars Celebration exclusively saw the Heir to the Empire during the 4-day event in April.

The highly-anticipated Star Wars live-action spin-off series sees Rosario Dawson reprise the titular role of fan-favourite Ahsoka Tano from The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+.

"Anakin never got to finish my training,” Ahsoka says. “I walked away from him just like I walked away from Sabine.”

Ahsoka was first introduced as Anakin Skywalker's Padawan in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Later, they would clash in Star Wars Rebels when Skywalker succumbs to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader. There are rumours Hayden Christensen will reprise the role of Anakin Skywalker as he did in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Series showrunner Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) is going full live-action Star Wars Rebels and I'm here for it.

Ahsoka premieres with the first two episodes exclusively on Disney+ on 23rd August.

Are you looking forward to Ahsoka on Disney+? What did you think of the official trailer? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Watching the trailer I can understand the die-hard fans of the franchise getting super excited about this. It seems to be chock full of references to all iterations and promised lots of swagger and pew-pew goodness. For some reason, my interest in these properties is waning with each progressing month. Like the tired superhero tropes, the genre seems worn out and keeps repeating the same scenes and situations over an over again. Sure, StarWars is now female as Kathleen wanted, but I am not sure it really adds to the story telling. It's still bad guy vs good guys beating each other up as if war was somehow a good thing. I am kind of tired of it, although, like I said, I can understand the fan appeal of this iteration. For me, Andor was a notable and pleasurable exception because it told a plausible story of a relatable, believable "normal" person thrown into a war he did not really want to join. It was a welcome departure from the superhero narrative tropes, that, just like the savior archetype are just one side of the scapegoat/savior false dichotomy that now plays out in real life with extreme binary polarisation of opinions into black&white / good&bad / this&that opposing, entrenched positions with zero gray zone and room for debate. This disturbing trend of pushing people into these polar opposite camps, typically represented by a super-human "leader" stereotype is not something I can subscribe to. I look forward to your reviews of this, and maybe Ahsoka turns out to be a more nuanced interpretation of the tropes, like Andor was, but I am highly skeptical and will give this one a skip.


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