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First Ahsoka trailer teases Star Wars’ live-action Thrawn, the ‘heir to the Empire’

The trailer even gets a cameo from Huyang

Ashoka Tano’s new Disney Plus series isn’t far, far away. The upcoming series will be released in August, Disney revealed at Star Wars Celebration on Friday. Lucasfilm also showed off the first trailer for Ashoka, showing Rosario Dawson in full Jedi action, teasing Star Wars’ first live-action Thrawn, and revealing Mary-Elizabeth Winstead as the live-action Hera Syndulla, from Star Wars Rebels.

In the trailer, Ahsoka meets up with Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), who she spent plenty of time with in Star Wars Rebels. That, along with the fact that we know Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi) will be in the show, means that an Ezra rescue mission is at least part of the series’ plot. Ezra disappeared at the end of Star Wars Rebels when a group of purrgil inadvertently hyperspaced him and Grand Admiral Thrawn to an unknown location in the galaxy.

Thrawn seems to be an important part of Ahsoka, considering he briefly appears in this trailer. We only see the back of the Admiral’s head, but Ahsoka makes it clear that he’s back and a big deal, and even calls him the heir to the Empire — the name of the book that originally introduced him to the Star Wars universe.

Along with all that, there are still plenty of unanswered questions from the trailer, including how two new characters — apparent antagonists Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati — fit into the story. Huyang, a fan-favorite Clone Wars character, also makes an appearance, though it’s not clear what his role is now, or if actor David Tennant is still providing the voice of the character. One other thing we know about Ahsoka is that, one way or another, Hayden Christensen is set to show up again as Anakin Skywalker in the series.

Along with Rosario Dawson in the title role, Ahsoka will also feature Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising) as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson (Thor) as Baylan Skoll, and Genevieve O’Reilly (Andor) returning as Mon Mothma. The Mandalorian co-creator Dave Filoni will act as executive producer and one of the writers for Ahsoka, but we don’t yet know who will be directing or writing the rest of the series.

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