Some exciting news dropped today from Deadline, reporting that Natasha Liu Bordizzo has been cast by Lucasfilm to bring Sabine Wren to live-action in the upcoming Ahsoka series! Other outlets have since confirmed the casting.
We have known that Lucasfilm was looking to cast Sabine for this series, and they have now done so, with production set to begin next year. Bordizzo will star alongside Rosario Dawson, who will reprise the role of Ahsoka Tano. Dawson first portrayed the fan favorite character in an episode of The Mandalorian, bringing Ahsoka to live-action after years of the character starring in animation, voiced by Ashley Eckstein. Bordizzo will now have the same opportunity and face the same challenge in bringing Sabine to live-action after years of the character starring in animation, voiced by Tiya Sircar.
Sabine Wren was one of the main characters of Star Wars Rebels, one of the six spectres that made up the Ghost crew, and in many ways she grew into the female lead alongside Ezra Bridger. A Mandalorian from Clan Wren, Sabine fought alongside her newfound family with the Ghost crew, which brought her into the fight against the Empire in alignment with the Rebel Alliance. She also wielded the darksaber briefly in an effort to help unite Mandalore, before passing it off to a more worthy wielder in Bo-Katan Kryze. Sabine helped the Rebels liberate Lothal from the Imperial rule, but in the process Bridger disappeared into hyperspace alongside Grand Admiral Thrawn. The epilogue of the series, set after the fall of the Empire, showed Ahsoka arriving to reunite with Sabine as they head off in search of Ezra – so it’s been practically begging for a sequel for quite a while.
That sequel has been rumored to be happening for a while too, and now it looks like it might be happening in live-action. The Mandalorian revealed that Ahsoka is searching for Thrawn, who has apparently re-surfaced, and many guessed that she’s doing so in order to try to find Ezra. This would explain why Sabine will star alongside Ahsoka in this series, and this casting seems like further proof that the show will deal with (at least to some degree) the search for Thrawn and Ezra.
Ahsoka is being developed and written by Dave Filoni, who created both Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren and served as the showrunner for both The Clone Wars and Rebels. Filoni also is an executive producer and writer on The Mandalorian, working very closely alongside Jon Favreau to bring this whole connected universe to life. No release date for the series has been given yet, but it will likely be in production next year, so a 2023 release on Disney+ is a good guess.