The highly anticipated trailer for “Ahsoka” was unveiled during Star Wars Celebration last month, and fans were thrilled to see that the upcoming Mandalorian spin-off would feature beloved characters from the Star Wars Rebels animated series.
The trailer confirmed the live-action debut of Hera Syndulla, the courageous Twi’lek resistance leader and captain of The Ghost. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who portrays Hera, expressed her excitement about the opportunity to draw from Rebels’ well-established character history and storylines. With Ahsoka set after the events of Rebels, Hera has become a legendary figure in the galaxy. Let’s delve into the details.
Using Rebels as a Reference Point
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, known for her roles in “Birds of Prey” and “Fargo,” shared her thoughts on playing Hera Syndulla in the live-action series. She emphasized the advantages of having a character like Hera, who already exists in the Star Wars Rebels universe with a rich history. Winstead explained how it was incredible as an actor to step into a role with multiple seasons of storylines, complex relationships, and experiences. Unlike starting from scratch, she had a solid foundation to build upon, allowing her to explore Hera’s character in a more profound and authentic way.
Hera Syndulla: Strong, Complicated, and Maternal:
Winstead further described Hera Syndulla as an incredibly strong and complicated individual. As the leader of her crew, she possesses both maternal instincts and the skills required to command. Throughout the Rebels series, Hera’s leadership grows, and she eventually becomes a general. Her reputation precedes her in Ahsoka, where she has become a legendary figure in the galaxy. Winstead’s portrayal of Hera will delve into her multifaceted personality, showcasing her determination, vulnerability, and the weight of her responsibilities.
Hera’s Son, Jacen:
In Star Wars Rebels, Hera and the Jedi Kanan Jarrus had a son named Jacen. While it remains uncertain if the Force-sensitive Jacen will appear in Ahsoka, his older age suggests that there is a possibility. Fans eagerly await the show’s premiere on August 31 to discover whether Jacen will join his mother in the live-action series and how his story has unfolded since Rebels.
Plot and Cast:
Set after the fall of the Empire, “Ahsoka” revolves around the former Jedi knight, Ahsoka Tano, as she investigates an emerging threat to the galaxy. The series stars Rosario Dawson in the title role, accompanied by a talented ensemble cast. Natasha Liu Bordizzo portrays Sabine Wren, Diana Lee Inosanto plays Morgan Elsbeth, Ivanna Sakhno embodies Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson takes on the role of Baylan Skoll, David Tennant portrays Huyang, Lars Mikkelsen embodies Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Eman Esfandi appears as Ezra Bridger. The series’ score will be composed by Kevin Kiner.
The release of the “Ahsoka” trailer at Star Wars Celebration has generated tremendous excitement among fans, especially with the confirmation of Hera Syndulla’s live-action debut. Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s remarks highlight the advantage of drawing from Rebels’ extensive character development, enabling her to bring Hera to life with depth and authenticity. As fans eagerly anticipate the premiere of “Ahsoka” on August 31, they are eager to witness the continuation of Hera’s journey and the potential inclusion of her son, Jacen. The series promises to explore new storylines, provide thrilling adventures, and deepen the connections between Star Wars Rebels and the live-action universe.