Last week, a bit of Star Wars casting news made its way around the internet. It surely answered the prayers of many fans of a Galaxy Far, Far Away, and specifically fans of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. As the team here at The Direct covered, it was reported that actress Rosario Dawson had been cast to portray the live-action version of Ahsoka Tano in the upcoming Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Fans were ecstatic at the possibility of the beloved Clone Wars character making an appearance on the hit Disney+ show, and Dawson being cast made sense given her prior stamp of approval. With details still up in the air, fans reached out to Ashley Eckstein, the original Ahsoka Tano voice actor, for her perspective on the news as well as for answers to the possibility that she herself may be involved in Ahsoka's debut on Disney+. She recently took the time to comment on the matter via Instagram.
In a recently published Instagram post, Ashley Eckstein took the time to comment on fans' questions and the larger report of the Ahsoka Tano live-action casting. In regards specifically to the reported casting, she noted:
Last week, a rumor was released about Ahsoka Tano being in season 2 of The Mandalorian. I’ve read all of your questions and comments about this story and thank you for your patience as I’ve taken the much-needed time to sort through these questions. The truth is, I am not involved in The Mandalorian. I can’t answer questions for something I have not been a part of. I am an actress and I have performed in all types of mediums; live action film/television, theater, voice-over, hosting and it has been my dream for 14 years to continue to play Ahsoka Tano in all forms. I will continue to be grateful for opportunities to help create stories for Ahsoka Tano and I am always happy to see her legacy continue. I am only one member of a tremendously talented team of people that it takes to bring Ahsoka Tano to life. The final decisions for Ahsoka are not mine to make and I cannot comment on something that I truly know nothing about.
Eckstein's larger Instagram post can be viewed below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Fans were curious to understand whether Ashley Eckstein had anything to say on the matter of Ahsoka being brought to live-action, and whether or not she herself may actually be involved. To date, details are still up in the air on whether Ahsoka Tano will be a recurring or guest character, but Eckstein's Instagram post at the very least answers the former. As she stated in her post, she does not have any involvement with The Mandalorian, and thus it would be unfair for her to provide input on the subject. Still, it was great to see that to this day she has the utmost love and gratitude in being able to bring Ahsoka Tano to life through the animated series, matching the adoration for the character itself just like her fans.