Rosario Dawson spoke about the role of Ahsoka Tano and meeting George Lucas
In a new interview, Rosario Dawson and director Dave Filoni talked about working on a new episode of The Mandalorian with Ahsoka Tano.
According to the actress, in getting the role of the popular heroine of "Star Wars" she was helped a lot by fans, who for a long time offered Dawson to play this role. And when she drew attention to the fanarts, assuring everyone that she was interested in this role, one of the Star Wars press drew attention to this story.
In turn, Dave Filoni himself began to think in this direction, who planned to take the heroine out of animation into a full-length series. And later it turned out that the showrunner of the project Jon Favreau was familiar with Dawson.
They offered the actress a part shortly before the premiere of the first season of the series, showing various concept art with her in the image of Ahsoka. According to Dawson, she tried to "put on a professional face", but inside she was just bursting with nerves.
I paced back and forth, trying to keep my voice calm, but I was in a panic.
The actress added that before getting the role she had seen some episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but then began to watch the entire animated series in chronological order.
According to Dawson, the connection with the heroine is of particular importance to her, since during her studies she was in the same class with Hayden Christensen. Later they even managed to play in one film "The Stephen Glass Affair".
It seemed to me that all this was influenced by the Force itself.
The actress also carefully studied the work of Ashley Eckstein, who voiced the heroine all these years in animation.
Filoni, in turn, said that the team worked extremely hard on the appearance of the heroine, trying to authentically transfer it from animation to the series. According to him, the ability to control this process itself was simply "unique".
Even the tone of the makeup had to be controlled, because it could differ significantly in the process of shooting against the background of virtual scenery. The authors even debated whether to change the color of the heroine's eyes, but Dawson insisted on lenses to remain blue.
Another interesting story related to George Lucas himself - at the beginning of the year, Jon Favreau shared a photo of the author of the universe with "baby Yoda" (already known as Grogu). But, as it turned out, Dawson herself was on the set at that moment - she was just standing behind the scenes.
The meeting with Lucas was no less "nervous" for the actress, but very exciting. Then Dave Filoni was on the set - after all, they created the heroine together with Lucas.
They both looked at me and not really at me, you know? They watched their imaginations come to life.
Finally, Filoni added that at this stage of life, Ahsoka represents an experienced knight (or samurai) for him. He once again compared her to Gandalf in the sense that she now knows much more about the world than others and can help the characters with their tasks.
At the same time, she also has her own global goal - as you know from a fresh episode, she still continues to search for Grand Admiral Thrawn, who disappeared along with Ezra Bridger in the final of "Rebels".