Bryce Dallas Howard recently gave an interview with Romper where the interviewer’s children told the director what big fans they were of the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. To this, Howard responded the following:
“Without giving anything away, you are going to love the Ahsoka show that’s coming up. I cannot tell you anything, but what I can say is that you being a fan of the Clone Wars will be greatly rewarded.”
In the same interview, Howard also dives a little deeper into her relationship with George Lucas which you can read below:
“Growing up, our dad was, and still is to this day, very good friends with George Lucas who created Star Wars. We’re close in age to his kids. Last time I saw him, George was like, ‘I have a picture of all of you all in the bathtub together… ‘awesome, George.’ And so, every single year for Christmas, we would get Star Wars figurines. Before I was even old enough to know who the characters were and what the stories were, I was getting these little figurines, and I was very curious about it, and I was really into it. I learned about Star Wars first through the toys. And when I was old enough to watch the movies, of course, we watched the movies. And then I got even luckier, because when I was 15 years old, I went to a summer camp, and one of my friends at that summer camp is a woman named Natalie and right after we were at this camp together, she went and filmed the prequels. Since I knew George and I was friends with Natalie, and she was pretty young, she wanted to have a friend come out and visit. And so I got to go out to the set. So when I actually got to direct on Mandalorian, I didn’t realize how well I knew Star Wars, but I knew it pretty well. Of course, there’s always more to learn. And there’s this guy, Dave Filoni.
So, Dave Filoni, he knows Star Wars better than anyone other than George, and he was taught by George when he was doing all of the Clone Wars because they did that together. And we worked together on Mandalorian.”
Howard directed episodes from the first two seasons of The Mandalorian as well as an episode of The Book of Boba Fett. It has also been reported that Howard is on board to direct another episode for The Mandalorian’s upcoming third season. Given the knowledge Howard has about the “Ahsoka” project, it’s possible she could have been tapped to direct an episode of the show, however, nothing has been confirmed at this time.
Rosario Dawson will be reprising her role as Ahsoka in the limited series who we last saw in Season 2 of The Mandalorian and in Chapter 6 of The Book of Boba Fett. Reports have confirmed that Natasha Liu Bordizzo will portray Sabine Wren and Ivanna Sakhno will play a newly created character reportedly named Astrid. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has also been cast in an undisclosed role. Additionally, Hayden Christensen is set to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the upcoming series. How Christensen’s character will fit into the show remains to be seen since the events are set to take place 5 years after Return of the Jedi. Additionally, Ray Stevenson (Vikings) recently joined the cast. THR reports that “he is a villain in the series and will play an admiral … although, not Thrawn.”
Insider Daniel Richtman previously revealed the following logline and synopsis for the series:
In “Ahsoka” Tano (Rosario Dawson) is on the hunt for the evil Grand Admiral Thrawn in the hope it will help her locate the missing Ezra Bridger, the young Jedi that disappeared with Thrawn many years ago. Based on characters from the “Star Wars” franchise. A spinoff of the TV series “The Mandalorian.”
Rumors have suggested that Mena Massoud (Aladdin) had reportedly been cast to play Bridger and Lars Mikkelsen has been linked to the role of Thrawn however nothing has been confirmed so far. The Clone Wars character Barriss Offee has also been rumored to appear in the series.
Peter Ramsey will reportedly direct at least one episode of Disney+’s upcoming “Ahsoka” series. Ramsey is the first Black filmmaker to win the animated feature Oscar as co-director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Dave Filoni is attached to write the show and is exec producing with Jon Favreau.
“Ahsoka” is due to begin filming in Los Angeles at the end of April.
A Disney+ release date has not been announced yet for “Ahsoka” however it is expected to premiere in Spring 2023.