Fans of the beloved “Star Wars: REBELS” series have been awarded over the past year with characters from that animated series finding themselves represented in live-action on “The Mandalorian.” Rosario Dawson played the fan favorite Ahsoka Tano character in season 2 of Mandalorian and the appearance served as a back door pilot for the character to springboard her into her own live-action series.
Joining Dawson in the spin-off is the recently cast Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Variety has confirmed with sources.
Wren was first introduced to the “Star Wars” universe in the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” She is a young Mandalorian and a weapons expert, particularly when it comes to explosives. She is also known for her love of graffiti and is a dropout of the Imperial Academy of Mandalore. After the fall of the Empire, Wren and Tano struck out in search of their missing friend, Ezra Bridger. In “Rebels,” the character was voiced by Tiya Sircar.
Bordizzo made her onscreen debut in the 2016 film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.” She followed that up with roles in films like “The Greatest Showman,” “Guns Akimbo,” Hotel Mumbai,” and “The Voyeurs.” She also starred in the popular Netflix series “The Society” and the Quibi series “Most Dangerous Game.”
Production on Ahsoka, first formally announced last year at Disney’s Investor Day briefing alongside another Mandalorian spinoff, the since-purportedly-paused Rangers of the New Republic, is set to begin some time in 2022.