Star Wars Casts Birds of Prey's Mary Elizabeth Winstead In Ahsoka Disney+ Show

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ahsoka

Along with other major Star Wars series releasing in 2022 like the currently running The Book of Boba Fett and the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lucasfilm is hard at work on Rosario Dawson’s first solo entry as former Jedi leader Ahsoka Tano. Following the actress’ 2020 live-action debut in "Chapter 13" of The Mandalorian, Dawson’s Ahsoka series will provide the deepest look yet at one of Star Wars’ longest-running heroes.

Filming is rumored to begin for Ahsoka in the next few months while Lucasfilm works to bring an all-star cast into the series to help tell the story of Dawson’s hero. This includes an exciting comeback for Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, bringing back the Snips/Skyguy relationship that served as one of the driving forces of the animated series The Clone Wars.

Dawson and Christensen will also have Star Wars newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo alongside them as Sabine Wren from Rebels and Ivanna Sakhno in an undisclosed role.

Now, this quartet of stars becomes a quintet thanks to news of another big addition to the upcoming live-action entry's cast.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Ahsoka Cast

Rosario Dawson, Disney Plus
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The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Lucasfilm cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Disney+'s upcoming Ahsoka series. Winstead joins a stellar cast led by Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, and Ivanna Sakhno.

Winstead's role is still being kept under wraps as the series eyes a spring production start in California.

Winstead Moves from DC to Star Wars

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has built quite an impressive resume over the last two decades through blockbusters like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Live Free or Die Hard. Most recently, she teamed up with Margot Robbie and Warner Bros. for 2020's Birds of Prey before switching over to Disney's neck of the pop culture world.

With this being her first dip into the galaxy far, far away, fan speculation about her undisclosed role will be a hot topic until more information is revealed about what's going down in this mysterious story. Whether Winstead plays a new character that will see an introduction in Ahsoka or a classic persona from another medium is also unknown, and it's unclear how many appearances she will make in the show's six episodes.

Regardless of who she plays, this will be arguably the biggest new project of her career as she becomes the latest big name to join Lucasfilm's highly-anticipated Ahsoka series. With filming likely to begin sometime this spring, it should only be a matter of time before more clarity comes on her role as the cast and crew join together to catch up with former Commander Tano on her journey.

Ahsoka is in the early stages of development, and it's rumored to release on Disney+ in Spring 2023.

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Release Date
August 22, 2023
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.