The upcoming Star Wars live-action series Ahsoka has begun production today, according to a post shared by Star Wars on social media!
In the picture you can see the director’s chair with the Ahsoka series logo on it, in what looks like the Volume, and you can see hanging on the corner of the chair Dave Filoni’s trademark cowboy hat. That it’s an immediately recognizable symbol to many Star Wars fans is a testament to Filoni’s legacy and reputation, and that is tied in a special way to Ahsoka. She was created as one of the main characters of The Clone Wars series, which was created and overseen by Filoni and George Lucas. Filoni later brought Ahsoka into Rebels as a key character, and then into live-action for the first time in The Mandalorian (and later The Book of Boba Fett). Filoni has been particularly invested in the character, and he directed both live-action appearances she’s had so far. He won’t be directing every episode of Ahsoka, but he’s clearly the showrunner setting the course for it.
The series will star Rosario Dawson as the fan favorite Ahsoka Tano, and it will also reportedly star Natasha Liu Bordizzo as another fan favorite, Sabine Wren. The cast will also reportedly include Ivanna Sakhno, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Ray Stevenson (as a villain, but not Thrawn) – as well as Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. The fact that this announcement about production beginning wasn’t accompanied by a casting announcement, as has happened with some other projects, could suggest that Lucasfilm is saving that news for Celebration in a few weeks, particularly if it includes some significant developments for fans (like Anakin or Sabine or Thrawn, or other familiar characters).
We’ll also probably find out more about what the series is and will be about at Celebration, if only in subtle hints, but we do know that the series will take place during the timeline of The Mandalorian and fit into that connected story. And because of that, it’s safe to assume that the series will deal with Ahsoka’s search for Grand Admiral Thrawn (who presumably will be the main antagonist of this whole inter-connected story), presumably as she searches for Ezra Bridger (thus the Sabine Wren connection).