The move marks the most overt link between Disney’s popular animations Star Wars TV shows – including Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, which both feature Tano as a character – and the live-action efforts. Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein in the animated shows) recently returned to The Clone Wars in the show’s currently aired seventh season, which was resurrected as an exclusive to Disney Plus. Tano making the leap from animated to live action would be the biggest change in the franchise since General Grievous (who debuted in the 2D animated series) Clone Wars series by Genndy Tartakovsky).
Tano was introduced to the Star Wars universe in 2008 as Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi student in the spinoff Star Wars: The Clone Wars film that also served as a back door pilot for the TV series. Despite the character’s popularity, she never made an appearance in the franchise’s more serious live-action iterations (apart from a voice-over cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker).
It’s fitting that Tano would make her live action debut The Mandalorian, considering that Dave Filoni – who co-created the character – is also a writer, producer and director for The Mandalorian. And Dawson seems like the perfect choice to portray the character – she even tweeted her interest following a fan suggestion on Twitter in 2017.
Disney has already said that The Mandalorian Season 2 arrives on Disney Plus in October, assuming there are no delays due to production stops due to the new corona virus.
Vox Media has partnerships with partners. These do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. For more information, see our ethical policy.