In addition to Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, the 2023 series is shaping up to be a quasi-sequel to the Star Wars animated show which ran from 2014-2018 and centered on the rebel crew of the Ghost.
However, all throughout 2022, Lucasfilm remained silent on who had been cast to play a key Rebels character, the Twi'lek pilot and rebel leader, Hera Syndulla.
That is, until now.
Hera Syndulla Actress Revealed
As reported by the Bespin Bulletin, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been cast to play the live-action version of Hera Syndulla in Ahsoka for Disney+.
Back in January, it was revealed that Lucasfilm had cast the actress in the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series, but her role was unknown.
While Winstead is known for her roles in Fargo and Birds of Prey, she's no stranger to that galaxy far, far away as she's in a relationship with Ewan McGregor, the star of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Hera Syndulla has been seen in an Ahsoka teaser at Star Wars Celebration. However, her character was only shown from behind, adding to the mystery about who Lucasfilm had cast and teasing what's to come.
Hera Syndulla was previously voiced by Vanessa Marshall in the animated show.
Hera's History and Her Live-Action Role
While Star Wars fans haven't seen or heard much about the Rebels crew since the show concluded, the same can't be said for Hera.
Fans actually saw her, as a child living on Ryloth, in a Season 1 episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
And, even though Winstead will be the first to play her in live-action, her character has had a presence in other live-action Star Wars stories. Her name could be heard over a loudspeaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and her ship, the Ghost, was seen in The Rise of Skywalker.
While the extent of Winstead's role and all that Ahsoka has in store for Hera remains to be seen, Star Wars Rebels fans know that she had a son, Jacen Syndulla, with Kanan Jarrus prior to his death on Lothal. Hera then went on to fight in the Rebellion against the Empire.
Just how her son, and her own history, will contribute to the quest for Ezra will be interesting to see.
Ahsoka debuts on Disney+ sometime in 2023.