A few days ago the news hit the internet that Rosario Dawson had been cast to play Ahsoka Tano for the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian.
Immediately, long time Star Wars fans began questioning why Ashley Eckstein wasn’t cast as the character. She has been her voice actor for 14 years and has even cosplayed the character.
Some speculated that perhaps she passed the role up, well it seems that she was likely never even offered the roll. \
Here’s her statement:
The way it’s been worded is very interesting. She says she can’t comment as she’s not part of it, and makes sure she clarifies that she is a live action film/television actress as well as a voice-over actress. Probably in regards to the speculation that perhaps she wasn’t offered the role because she was the voice actress.
She also says that “it has been my dream for 14 years to continue to play Ahsoka Tano in all forms.” Which implies that she wanted to continue to play the character that she had a huge hand in creating.
In true professional manner she stresses that she will continue to be grateful for her time as the character and says she’s “happy to see the legacy continue.” Then states that the decisions aren’t hers and again glosses over it with “I cannot comment on something that I truly know nothing about.”
Overall she’s handling it very professionally, more professionally that I would. She had been doing a lot for and with Disney and Star Wars for a long time now. Perhaps she doesn’t see it as an insult. But that answers the question of if she was offered the role and turned it down.
I can understand why fans are a bit upset now.
What do you think? Comment and let us know.
Source: Star Wars Net