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Star Wars Ahsoka: Rosario Dawson Explains The Big Live-Action Character Change

Some more hardcore fans might call it a continuity mismatch between the live-action and animated worlds of star wars, but Dawson explained that there was a very good reason for the setting. Ultimately, it was about designing a helmet that would complement the character’s demanding stunts.

“[Dave Filoni] was like, ‘No, but we work with stunts and stuff, and we want to be able to do all of this practically.’

In other words, the acrobatic stunts and culminating duel in The Mandalorian Season 2 episode “The Jedi” would have been a lot harder to shoot if Ahsoka’s live-action had been cluttered with longer watches and head-tails.

Lucasfilm character designer Brian Matyas echoed this when asked in 2020 about changes to Ahsoka’s appearance for The Mandalorian: “From animation to live action, I did a ton of design exploration for her and sizing them appropriately for the actor considering stunts and movement.”

Dawson goes on to reveal that she also had the choice of not changing her natural brown eye color to the character’s blue color, but she was all for it: “When I put the contacts on, it went from cosplay to embodiment.”

Ahsoka set to arrive on Disney+ in 2023, but we may see more of it by then The Mandalorian season 3, which will arrive later this year.