Lucasfilm released the first official Ahsoka trailer during the 2023 Star Wars Celebration in London.
The upcoming Disney+ series feautures Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, a fan-favorite character from the animated Star Wars Universe. Ahsoka is an exiled Jedi who was once Anakin Skywalker’s padawan before Anakin turned to the dark side.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau praised Star Wars Ahsoka showrunner Dave Filoni. They were joined by Dawson and Natashi Liu Bordizzo who plays Sabin Wren, a Mandalorian warrior. She first appeared in Star Wars Rebels. Mary Elizabeth Winstead revealed she’ll be playing Hera Syndulla from Rebels.
“I’m blown away,” said Dawson. “We’ve got some great surprises for all of you, but today is really special because I’m excited to see some footage — finally! I’m like, ‘If it’s not today, when!’”
Eman Esfadi wil also appear as Ezra Bridger, the main character of Rebels and a Jedi Padawan. Other co-stars include Ray Stevenson (Thor, Thor: The Dark World) and Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising).
The Ahsoka character was introduced in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars back in 2008. The feature animated film served as a pilot to the television series of the same title. The Clone Wars TV series chronicled her time as an apprentice to Anakin. By the time the show ended, Ahsoka had become a strong female Jedi and a favorite among Star Wars fans. She would return in another animated series titled Star Wars Rebels. She was voiced once gain by Ashley Eckstein. In 2020, Ahsoka, played by Dawson, made her live-action debut on The Mandalorian.
During last year’s Star Wars Celebration, Dawson spoke to Variety about how much playing the character means to her.
“Embodying a character, literally, physically, every single day, has brought on a whole other level of experience to working on a project, and bringing a character to life,” Dawson said. “It’s changing me.”
Dawson continued: “So often, I take pieces from a character, and then I inject so much of myself in to things of my own experience and what I have to draw from. But this is absolutely going in the other direction and she is so influencing me. It’s just been so powerful to be on that journey, to be taken along with it; it’s not something I could have hoped for, or dreamed of, so it’s really out of this world.”
You can watch the Ahsoka trailer from the 2023 Star Wars Celebration below. The series premieres in August on Disney+.