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‘Ahsoka’ Release Date Announced, New ‘Empire’ Scans and Stills

Disney has announced that the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosario Dawson & Natasha Liu Bordizzo will begin streaming on Disney+ August 23. The date was revealed via a new teaser which you can view below:

There is also a brand new interview Mary did in the summer issue of Empire Magazine and I have uploaded the scans into the gallery along with some new stills. In the interview, Mary said she was given specific episodes by Dave Filoni to study the character of Hera.

“There was a lot of looking at episodes that focused on how much she loves to fly, and the way that that turned on her spirit and her energy.”

Production Stills

Empire Magazine July 2023

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New Interview with Mary and the Cast of Ahsoka

With Star Wars Celebration 2023 now officially over, a new interview with Mary and the cast of Ahsoka has come out. In a brand new podcast for Entertainment Weekly, Mary details how she feels playing the character of Hera Syndulla, the Twi’lek resistance leader turned general.

“Having a character who’s already existed and has such a rich history on something like Rebels, as an actor, it’s incredible,” Winstead told Dagobah Dispatch. “Because sometimes we’re tasked with creating our own backstories or trying to flesh out a character that doesn’t really have that much on the page. And so to play a character that has season after season of storylines and complex histories with everyone in their life and relationships and experiences was really something I’ve never experienced quite like that.”

It was a resource Winstead took advantage of throughout filming on Ahsoka. “To have Rebels to refer to, and to have [Rebels and Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni] to speak to about it every day on set, was a real luxury for sure.”

Mary also continued to elaborate on her character by describing her as someone who “is incredibly strong but complicated person. She is very maternal, but also she’s this leader of this crew. And as we see, she continues and becomes a general. And so she’s leading quite a lot of people and she’s become something of a legend in her own right.”

Winstead is also careful to point out how that military leadership and expertise are just one facet of the character. “She’s also very soft and warm, and people come to her for advice and solace and comfort,” Winstead explains. “Seeing those things combined is very unusual, and something that I really wanted to play on screen, because that’s such a aspirational thing, I think, as a woman — or just a person — to be able to be all of those things in one.”

However, that doesn’t mean Hera doesn’t have any flaws or is not subject to the occasional mistake, says the woman playing her: “She’s certainly not perfect, but she does have all of those qualities that make her somebody that you can really look up to in a way. And I like to try to be that on film. I don’t know that I quite live up to it in reality, but it’s someone to try and try and reach for.”

You can listen to Mary and Rosario Dawson as well as Natasha Liu Bordizzo talk about the show and see a clip by using the link above. The podcast can be heard here and begins around the :58 min mark.

Ahsoka will begin streaming on Disney+ this August.

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New Behind the Scenes Photos of Mary During Star Wars Celebration

I have added some new photos of Mary during her time at the Star Wars Celebration expo this past weekend courtesy of hair stylist David Wadlow. In the pics, you can see Mary goofing around with a lightsaber, posing with her co-stars Rosario Dawson & Natashia Liu Bordizzo and a lovely gift she signed for David that Ewan also signed. Be sure to head to the gallery to view them all!

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New ‘Ahsoka’ Cast Interviews

After posting the first round of interviews Mary and the cast did for ‘Ahsoka’ over the weekend, a new interview has been released via Black Girl Nerds. You can watch the entire video below, Mary’s questions coming in around the 18:08 mark.

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New Photo Shoot and Video

Below is a brand new photo shoot Mary did while attending the Star Wars Celebration 2023 event and I have added the HQ photos into the gallery. The photos come via Rachell Smith for EW. While Mary was at the expo, she also had some fun with a colorful lightsaber!

This officially marks first photoshoot in three years after taking some time off! She also posed with her costars during the second day of the panel which you can view here.

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First ‘Ahsoka’ Interviews

Now that the Star Wars Celebration event has wrapped in London, I will begin posting some interviews Mary did while she was there promoting the show with the cast & crew. The first interview comes from one she did yesterday (4/8) with Rosario Dawson & Natasha Liu Bordizzo talking about how they feel joining the Star Wars universe and learning about their characters:

In another interview, Mary talks more about how happy she feels joining the Star Wars franchise and what a joy it is to work on the character and with the cast and crew who all love Star Wars:

Mary also spoke with ET Canda about how she feels joining the Star Wars franchise (around the 2:35 mark):

And in another interview with Screen Rant, Mary was asked if her husband Ewan McGregor any advice joining the series and if she’d love her character to team up with Obi-Wan:

I don’t know that he gave me any advice necessarily, other than to just enjoy it. He just told me about what a special experience it is to get to be part of something that means so much to so many people. And that already is proving true just today. And, yeah! I think if there was any way to make the timelines match up in some way, I would be incredibly happy to do that.

Stay tuned for even more ‘Ahsoka’ interviews with Mary to be released soon!

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Mary Attends Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration Expo

As the title reveals, Mary was in London for the second day in a row as she attended day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration Expo celebrating the upcoming premiere of Ahsoka. While there, she was joined by her co-stars Rosario Dawson and Natasha Liu Bordizzo as well as Jon Favreau, Diana Lee Inosanto, Ivanna Sakhno and Dave Filoni. During the event it was revealed that several different directors will direct episodes including Dave Filoni, who wrote all the episodes.

Head to the gallery to view all the photos, and stay tuned for even more content!

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First Trailer for Ahsoka Revealed, Mary Attends Star Wars Celebration Event

Today was an incredible day for Star Wars fans! During day 1 of the Star Wars Celebration Event held in London, one of the new shows that was announced was Ahsoka! During the panel, Mary’s role was revealed as Hera Syndulla, the captain/pilot of the freight ship the Ghost, and owner of the astromech droid known as Chopper.

Mary was joined on stage by her co-stars Rosario Dawson who will be returning in the lead role and Natasha Bordizzo who will play Sabine Wren. While on stage, the cast showed off the first trailer for the series, which will be premiering on Disney+ some time in August. You can watch the full trailer below as well as seeing some HQ pics of Mary with the cast in the gallery. Additionally, video of Mary’s character reveal was shown to the audience:

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Rosario Dawson Gives ‘Ahsoka’ Update

Actress Rosario Dawson was on the Today Show earlier this week where she recently gave an update on the upcoming Disney+ series ‘Ahsoka’. Though it was quick, Rosario states that the series will begin airing “later this fall”, although not confirmed.

You can view her speaking about the show at the video below, beginning around the 1:23 mark. The Star Wars spin-off will also star Rosario’s Death Proof co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Hayden Christensen. As always, stay tuned for updates!

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Disney+ Series ‘Ahsoka’

In some very cool and exciting news, it has been announced that Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined the Disney+ limited series ‘Ahsoka’. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mary’s role is currently being kept under wraps, but she is joining Hayden Christensen who is reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker and her Death Proof co-star Rosario Dawson, who plays the lead character Ahsoka Tano.

Jon Favreau is executive producing with production set to begin this spring in California.

Who do you guys think she’ll be playing? An already established character within the universe, or someone entirely new?