According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ahsoka has added Peter Ramsey as a director for the upcoming Star Wars series, which is set to begin filming this month in Los Angeles.
Ramsey is best-known for his work co-directing the hit animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directing it with Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman. The film was a massive hit and received glowing critical acclaim, including winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The series is being developed by Dave Filoni, who is writing the series. Filoni, of course, is most well-known for his work on animation, particularly on Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Clone Wars, and Rebels. He’s had involvement in other animated shows as well, but as he began having an interest in directing live-action, Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson took intentional roles in helping him move that direction. That break happened with The Mandalorian, as Filoni teamed up with Jon Favreau to executive produce the series. Filoni and Favreau are, together, the dynamic duo overseeing this era with inter-connected shows, of which Ahsoka is a part, and Filoni has directed episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, and I’m sure he’ll direct episodes of Ahsoka too.
I say all of that about Filoni because I find it very interesting and cool that he’s now hired another director most familiar with animation to work on this series in Peter Ramsey. There’s a particular vision, a particular approach, that those in animation take, and it seems like perhaps Ahsoka is going to tap into that a bit, which I think would be a really wise direction. The series is all about Ahsoka Tano, who of course became a mainstay of Star Wars animation in The Clone Wars and Rebels, and was brought to live-action by Rosario Dawson. So having people familiar with animation work on a series that is about an iconic animated character in live-action makes sense.
So anyway, I really like this. And it’s also confirmation that Filoni isn’t going to be directing all of the episodes, which was previously unknown. With this, then, it’s possible that there will be other directors that join the project as well. We’ll surely be finding out much more information soon, as the show is set to begin filming before long and as Star Wars Celebration is just around the corner as well.