“Ahsoka” First Reactions: Rosario Dawson And Natasha Liu Bordizzo Shine in Latest “Star Wars” Series

The first reactions to Ahsoka, the latest live-action Star Wars series coming to Disney+, have arrived in under twelve parsecs (Star Wars nerd alert!). It’s good news for those eager for some more Star Wars action and even better news for fans of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which debuted in 2014 and is the source from which this Rosario Dawson-led series draws many of its characters and narrative drive.

Dawson plays the titular Jedi rebel operating in a galaxy after the fall of the Empire (the series set after the events of Return of the Jedi), sussing out an emerging threat in a vulnerable time. Dawson is coming in for major praise for her performance, as is Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who plays her protogé, Sabine Wren. Many of the critics who have gotten a peek at the first two episodes are saying that creator Dave Filoni (the man behind Star Wars: Rebels) has crafted an appropriately epic story, one that even casual fans will be able to follow and that Rebels fans will love.

Ahsoka features a slew of characters from the hit animated series, including Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi), and the main villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen). Newcomers include Baylan Skoll (the late Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno). Then there’s Darth Vader himself, at least the version played by Hayden Christensen, who returns here after playing a major role in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Let’s take a peek at what some of the critics are saying. Ahsoka arrives on Disney+ on August 23.

And here’s a taste of the epic action in Ahsoka:

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Featured image: (L-R): Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Lucasfilm’s AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.


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