Actor Ray Stevenson is coming to a galaxy far, far away!
On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the History Channel’s “Vikings” star had joined the cast of “Ahsoka,” which is scheduled to begin filming in Los Angeles in April.
Stevenson previously voiced Gar Saxon in “Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars.” He also played Volstagg in Marvel’s “Thor” films and Blackbeard in the Starz “Black Sails” pirate series.
What Is ‘Ahsoka’ About?
“Ahsoka” is the latest “Star Wars” live-action series to come to Disney+. It joins its predecessors “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” which just wrapped up its run last week. “Star Wars” fans also have the upcoming “Kenobi,” “Andor,” and “The Acolyte” series to look forward to.
There is not much currently known about the plot of Ahsoka, although it is slated for release in 2023. Given how Ahsoka made an appearance in “The Book of Boba Fett,” it is likely that Ahsoka will make an appearance in season 3 of “The Mandalorian,” which has yet to air. Season 3 might provide clues as to where Ahsoka’s journey will head next, although her appearance in season 3 of “The Mandalorian” has not been confirmed.
It is rumored, however, that Ahsoka may be on the search for former Empire “Star Wars Rebels” villain Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has yet to appear in a live-action series despite his appearance in several animated series, books, and comics.
It is unclear what role Stevenson will play. Although he is rumored to play both a villain and an admiral, sources do not believe that he has been cast as Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Who Else Will Be Joining Ray Stevenson In ‘Ahsoka’?
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“Daredevil” actress Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Ahsoka Tano. Although Ahsoka first appeared in “The Clone Wars” animated series and later in “Star Wars Rebels,” Dawson brought the character to life with a surprise appearance in “The Mandalorian,” where she turns down an opportunity to train Grogu, affectionately known to fans as Baby Yoda.
Ahsoka most recently made an appearance in “The Book of Boba Fett” when she watched Luke Skywalker train Grogu. She also interfered when the titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin, attempted to visit Grogu and disrupt his training. Although she warned him about his attachment to the young Force-sensitive, Grogu made his own decision to leave Luke Skywalker’s training and rejoin The Mandalorian on his adventures.
Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the “Star Wars” prequel series, will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. He will also make an appearance in “Kenobi” alongside his prequels costar Ewan McGregor when “Kenobi” debuts on May 25, 2022 – exactly 45 years after “A New Hope” was released in theaters on May 25, 1977.
Last November, The Blast reported that Australian actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo has been cast as Sabine Wren. The character had previously appeared only in the animated “Star Wars: Rebels” series. Sabine is a Mandalorian warrior who once worked as part of the Ghost Crew to fight back against the Empire, including Grand Admiral Thrawn. Bordizzo first made her debut in Netflix’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” in 2016. She also appeared in Netflix’s “The Society” series in 2019 before it was canceled.
Actress Ivanna Sakhno has also been cast in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. At this time, it is believed that she is a new character that has been created for the series, as reported by Variety. Sakhno has appeared in various films, including “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” “Ivan the Powerful,” and “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” which also included “Star Wars” alum John Boyega, who portrayed Finn in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy.
It is also possible that Katee Sackhoff will reprise her role as Bo-Katan Kryze. Bo-Katan belongs to a different Mandalorian tribe than Sabine Wren, although her appearance in the series has yet to be confirmed. Although Bo-Katan had previously only appeared in “Star Wars Rebels,” Sackhoff brought Bo-Katan to life in “The Mandalorian.”
Will Mena Massoud Be Joining The ‘Star Wars’ Cast?
In July 2021, Dawson seemed to indicate that she knew more about the cast than she was letting on.
In a now-deleted post, Dawson posted a photo of “Aladdin” live-action star Mena Massoud alongside Jedi Ezra Bridger and “The Killing” actor Lars Mikkelsen next to a picture of Grand Admiral Thrawn, writing, “Yassss the best news ever! I need my BIPOC representation in [Star Wars]. Can’t wait to see my BBs thrive in Ahsoka as my fav characters in the universe!”
Their participation in the series has not yet been confirmed but fans have their fingers crossed that they’ll finally get their live-action debut when “Ahsoka” debuts in 2023!