Ahsoka: release date, trailer, cast, and everything we know

Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) wields her white lightsaber
(Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Ahsoka is the latest addition to the ever-growing collection of Star Wars shows available on Disney Plus.

With The Mandalorian season 3 over and done with, all eyes are now on another corner of the galaxy far, far away, as Rosario Dawson returns as the Jedi outcast, Ahsoka Tano.

Specific info about the plot was being kept under wraps until the series landed, but the show depicts Ahsoka's struggle against some Imperial loyalists bent on trying to locate and bring Grand Admiral Thrawn back from exile.

Here's what you need to know about Ahsoka.

Ahsoka release date

Ahsoka premiered on Tuesday, August 22 at 6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET, with the two-episode premiere arriving at 2 am BST on Wednesday in the UK. All episodes are now available to stream on Disney Plus.

Production on the series got underway in May 2022 and was teased with a behind-the-scenes shot of the director's chair.

Ahsoka plot: What is Ahsoka about?

The official synopsis for Ahsoka gave very little away about the plot. It reads: "Set after the fall of the Empire, “Ahsoka” follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy."

It was widely reported before launch that Ahsoka serves as a sequel to the animated series, Star Wars: Rebels. That series ended with Sabine and Ahsoka vowing to track down their fellow Rebel, Ezra Bridger, and since we know he (and their former foe, Grand Admiral Thrawn) are both in the show, this seemed a safe bet ahead of Ahsoka's arrival... and it quickly proved to be a spot-on theory as the search for Thrawn and Ezra were key parts of the plot.

Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) kneeling in front of a Mandalorian helm in Ahsoka.

Sabine Wren is back. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Ahsoka cast

Ahsoka and Hera Syndulla stand in front of Hera's ship in Ahsoka episode 2

Ahsoka and General Hera Syndulla. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

You can't have an Ahsoka Tano series without Ahsoka Tano, and Rosario Dawson reprised the title role here. Barbie and 65 star Ariana Greenblatt played a younger version of the character. 

Hayden Christensen—last seen in live-action as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi—returned as Anakin Skywalker.  Eman Esfandi and Natasha Liu Bordizzo were on board as the live-action incarnations of Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren. Also making his live-action debut is the legendary Star Wars villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was played by Lars Mikkelsen, who previously voiced the character in animated form.

The late Ray Stevenson also played Baylan Skoll, an ex-Jedi who escaped Order 66 and allied with Grand Admiral Thrawn. His apprentice, Shin Hati, is portrayed here by Ivanna Sakhno.

Further casting includes:

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla
  • Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma
  • David Tennant as Huyang (voice performance)
  • Diana Lee Inosanto as Mogan Elsbeth
  • Nelson Lee as Senator Xiono
  • Jacqueline Antaramian as Senator Rodrigo
  • Wes Chatham as Captain Enoch

Ray Stevenson brandishes his red lightsaber as Baylan in Ahsoka.

Ray Stevenson as Bayla Skolln. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)

Is there an Ahsoka trailer?

The latest teaser from Ahsoka saw the ex-Jedi, in voiceover, talking about the growing number of enemies they've got (and shows them in action). Check it out here: 

The official Ahsoka trailer landed in mid-July, and gave us a bigger glimpse at what was to come. Thrawn's allies are seeking him out, and Ahsoka is teaming up with other rebel forces to take them all on. Oh, and there was a clear name drop of Anakin Skywalker and even more lightsaber action.

A teaser trailer for the series arrived in April 2023. In it, Ahsoka mentioned that some looming dark threat is on its way in a voiceover. Then, we see her taking on several foes with her iconic white lightsabers and witness her reconnect with Sabine. Check it out below:

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin was a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produced a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. Now he works for our sister site Tom's Guide in the same role.

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.