Dave Filoni Teases Ahsoka Tano’s Mandalorian Timeline
Ahsoka Tano made her live-action debut in the latest episode of Disney+’s The Mandalorian to roaring success after living in the animated small screen with The Clone Wars and Rebels and now animated showrunner and episode writer/director Dave Filoni has opened up about where in the Star Wars timeline her appearance may have been.
The last time fans saw Ahsoka in the animated world, she was burying one of her two lightsabers on a moon in the series finale of The Clone Wars while the series finale of Rebels, chronologically set after the former, saw her teaming up with Sabine Wren to search for fellow Jedi Ezra Bridger after he was shot into the unknowns of space alongside Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn. In the latest episode of The Mandalorian, titled “The Jedi,” she is at odds with a Imperial Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth in an effort to find Thrawn and though this may seemingly indicate it takes place after the Rebels epilogue, Filoni told Vanity Fair this may not be the case.
“It’s an interesting one, that’s not necessarily chronological,” Filoni said. “I think the thing that people will most not understand is they want to go in a linear fashion, but as I learned as a kid, nothing in Star Wars really works in a linear fashion. You do [Episodes] Four, Five, and Six and then One, Two, and Three. So in the vein of that history, when you look at the epilogue of Rebels, you don’t really know how much time has passed. So, it’s possible that the story I’m telling in The Mandalorian actually takes place prior to that. Possible. I’m saying it’s possible.”
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) stars as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy and is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool) who plays Cara Dune, a former Rebel Shock Trooper, having trouble re-integrating herself into society.; and Carl Weathers as Greef, a man who heads a guild of bounty hunters that hires The Mandalorian for a specific job.
The series also stars Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Nick Nolte (Affliction).
Favreau serves as executive producer and showrunner for the series, Directors for the first season included Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), who helm the first episode, plus Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), who has also provided the voice for bounty hunter IG-88 in the series.
The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.