In 2008, The Clone Wars movie was released, introducing audiences to a brand new animated series that, among other things, introduced the character of Ahsoka Tano.
She was wildly unpopular at first, a bratty young teenager assigned as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the Clone Wars. Creators George Lucas and Dave Filoni knew this would be the case, but also knew that Ahsoka’s story was just beginning. Fast forward a decade and Ahsoka Tano has become a beloved fan-favorite amongst Star Wars fans, and her influence is massive. She is the main character of The Clone Wars, played a key role in Rebels, and starred in the novel Ahsoka. Then in The Rise of Skywalker, as the Jedi from the past speak through the Force to Rey, Ahsoka’s voice was heard alongside other legendary Jedi. And now, in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka has been brought to live-action for the first time, helping Din Djarin and the Child, Grogu, on their quest.
It is a special moment for so many Star Wars fans to see the character in live-action, but it has to be an especially powerful moment for her creators, Lucas and Filoni. To no one’s surprise, it was Filoni (who works very closely on The Mandalorian with showrunner Jon Favreau) who spearheaded things, including writing and directing the episode where she appears. But it turns out that Lucas also had a chance to see Ahsoka up-close.
In a fantastic interview Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican did with Filoni and Rosario Dawson (who plays Ahsoka in The Mandalorian), it was revealed that Lucas was on set when Dawson was in costume. And it just so happened to be the same day as this picture was taken:
“I was definitely nerve-racked, and it was great to be there with him and Dave,” Dawson said. “I mean, it’s a lot of pressure. But it was also really fun. Both of them were looking at me but they weren’t, you know what I mean? They were looking at their imaginations come to life.”
That’s really cool that Lucas and Filoni were both able to be on-set and see Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano. It’s been a long journey for them with the character (especially Filoni), and to see her show up here and continue to have a large influence on the Star Wars galaxy is awesome. It’s not lost on Filoni how much of a privilege it is.
“It’s so rare a person in my position from animation gets to craft and guide the character’s jump to live-action,” he said.”