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Darth Vader To Reportedly Return in ‘Ahsoka’ Disney+ Series

According to a new report from Making Star Wars,  Tom O’Connel is being fitted for a new Darth Vader suit for the Star Wars: Ahsoka Disney+ series. Sources working on Ashoka have confirmed Darth Vader will have a significant sequence in the story. It is believed the role of the fully suited Darth Vader will exclusively be played by Tom O’Connel this time.

The report continues to say there is also a slight change to the Darth Vader suit:

The Darth Vader suit for Star Wars: Ashoka appears to be different than the one used for Obi-Wan Kenobi last year. Sources just said they made some changes to reflect the time frame in which the sequence takes place. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it will not be 100% a suit we have seen before.

The outlet also suggests that “Ahsoka” could adapt a classic fight from the Star Wars: Rebels animated series.

We know Hayden Christensen is back for the Ahsoka series. That leads me to think there is a chance we are seeing Ahsoka and Darth Vader’s duel from Star Wars Rebels recreated in live action. That duel has Ahsoka, Darth Vader, and Ezra Bridger in a sequence that could be used to explain the relationships between the players in this story who need to be reintroduced in live action. But such a retelling is conjecture on my part, as it has not been confirmed the sequence is in fact being recreated. But in that fight, Vader’s mask is cracked and it would explain Hayden Christensen returning to some extent as well.

Hayden Christensen has been rumored to be attached to the project since October 2021.  As always, since nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney, we will treat this as a rumor for now.

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 reportedly been cast in an undisclosed role.  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.”

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.

Filming on the series is currently underway and expected to continue through November with a Disney+ release date sometime in 2023.

Source: Making Star Wars

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