The internet’s a great place to promote yourself, and sometimes it can get you right into a movie role. At least that’s what the Star Wars community is hoping will happen for Boricua-Cubana actress Rosario Dawson. Back in February, the Daredevil star expressed interest in joining the Stars Wars franchise as Ahsoka Tano, a character that debuted in 2008 in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Since then, Tano has become the de facto star of the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels, soon to enter its fourth season.
Dawson isn’t talking out of her hat. Tano fans on social media have pointed out Dawson’s striking resemblance to the character, the protege of Anakin Skywalker, a.k.a. Darth Vader. Fan art has even popped up with Dawson’s face on it. On a recent Good Morning America appearance – note, GMA airs on the Disney-owned ABC network; Disney owns, you guessed it, Star Wars – Dawson hoped that because the Stars Wars Twitter account follows her it meant “it’s a good sign.”
This resurgence in the character could also imply her path on the series itself. Tano’s fate was left open-ended at the close of Star Wars Rebels and at the recent Stars Wars Celebration, show overseer Dave Filoni was sported wearing an “Ahoska lives!” T-shirt. Possibly implying Tano’s back and could be making a leap to the big screen.
Of course this is all speculation. Disney hasn’t said anything about greenlighting a film about Tano, though they have transitioned characters from their animated features into the live action films – Forrest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera in Rogue One started out in The Clone Wars series. The Star Wars franchise plans to have several films out over the next decade, so anything is possible. For now, look for the next Star Wars movie, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, in theaters on December 15.