With Disney +'s The Mandalorian set to return for a second season in October 2020 and Jon Favreau's back in charge, we've heard from Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) about the possibility of his Darksaber-wielding bad guy making a turn towards the light in the near future, and that pilot episode director Dave Filoni will be back to direct.
Now /Film is reporting exclusively that Rosario Dawson (DMZ) is set to appear as Ahsoka Tano, of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels fame. Citing Filoni as the connection to the character being included, the website states that they have confirmed the casting with two independent sources – though reps from Filoni, Dawson, and Lucasfilm would not respond for comment. The casting would not be a surprise, as fans have brought up the actress' name in the past regarding casting for Ahsoka – a role Dawson has also expressed interested in.
Recently, Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) shared what he's taken from his work on the upcoming second season – both personally and professionally – on a number of levels:
"This season is going to be really great. This is the ultimate space western that's so connected to things that we don't know and don't see. Originally George Lucas had a mentor and friend in Joseph Campbell. Joseph Campbell was all about the power of myth and the journey of the hero. Isn't every one of our journeys the journey of the hero?
We have our own hurdles to jump over and our own visions on our head that we want to hit. I was thinking the other day about all the things in my life that I haven't done. And will I be disappointed at the end if I haven't done them? And what's the flipside to that – I've done so many of my visions and dreams of what I've wanted to do and if I miss a couple on the bucket list I'm not going to be upset about that. But a lot of people haven't checked off one or two or three."
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, showrunner Jon Favreau (The Lion King) and Dave Filoni's (The Clone Wars) The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, and Mark Boone Jr. star.