Recent reports have linked a vast number of characters to be making the leap from Star Wars animation to live-action, and another has emerged that may well add another name to that growing list.
The likes of Rosario Dawson and Katee Sackhoff have been strongly mentioned as realising the characters of Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan (although with no direct confirmation from Lucasfilm or Disney), and a lesser-circulated report has linked WWE star Sasha Banks to the role of Mandalorian Sabine Wren. This new report lacks a named actor, but does concern a character that links to all of those separately-named Rebels.
The Illuminerdi claims that casting has begun for the role of Ezra Bridger, hero of Star Wars Rebels, Disney’s first animated foray into the galaxy far, far away. Ezra rose from orphan on the streets of Lothal to powerful Jedi Apprentice trained by Order 66 survivor, Kanan Jarrus, until a noble sacrifice in the series’ last episode left his fate shrouded in mystery.
The casting call centres on male actors of Asian descent, with an open-ness to consider Indian, Latino and Middle Eastern actors, any one of which would provide an accurate likeness for the role of Bridger. More interesting is the age range in the call’s description, being between 30-40 years old. This would sit right in the age range that Ezra would be in the years after Return of the Jedi, which is where the last episode of Rebels saw Ahsoka and Sabine set off in search of the lost Padawan.
Unlike the reports concerning other characters, this one states that the role would be for a new original series, and not an addition to The Mandalorian. However, it leads to wonder if a shared cast between these two shows may lead to the first Disney+ crossover story, with Pedro Pascal and his entourage perhaps crossing paths with Ezra’s former crew-mates in their search for their friend. The rumours circulating of a live-action series led by Ahsoka may also link into such a story, and may well be the reason for the casting of Bridger.
Of course, this is all speculation including the casting of all these characters – until there is Lucasfilm confirmation, but it does speak to the increased emphasis that Disney is placing on their Star Wars series over potential new films. Counting The Mandalorian, the confirmed Rogue One prequel and Kenobi series, the announced Leslye Headland series and a potential Ahsoka show, there may be as many as five series coming to the streaming service.
This would also be a logical next step for Dave Filoni (who created Ezra, Ahsoka, Sabine and others) after he took his talents from animation to live-action in directing episodes of The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm rewarded Deborah Chow’s fine work on the same show with control over Kenobi, and with Filoni’s popularity and name value at an all-time high after the success of The Clone Wars season seven, it would be a fitting prize for him to realise some of his greatest creations in live-action.
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