See Rosario Dawson Chatting With R2-D2 In New Video

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By Douglas Helm
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Rosario Dawson has quickly become one of the best parts of Disney’s current Star Wars canon. Dawson first popped up as fan-favorite former Jedi Ahsoka Tano in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, fulfilling a long-gestating fan-casting wish for the live-action version of Ahsoka. Dawson continued to show her love for the Star Wars franchise this week by posting an Instagram video of her having a conversation with R2-D2. Check out the post below:

In the video, Dawson jokes that the fans made her choose between R2 and Chopper, the stubborn droid from the animated series Star Wars: Rebels. Dawson clarifies that she “obviously” chooses R2-D2. While this might be a personal preference for Rosario Dawson, it also makes sense for her character, as Ahsoka had many adventures with the droid in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. While Ahsoka meets the Star Wars: Rebels crew and helps them out, she hasn’t spent nearly as much time with Chopper.

Star Wars fans are notoriously fickle, with many of them hating one era of Star Wars content or another. For a long time, the prequels were reviled by the fanbase until they had an unexpected resurgence in popularity later on. However, one thing that many fans agree on is that Ahsoka Tano was one of the best characters to come out of the post-original trilogy era. Voiced by Ashley Eckstein in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she was Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan. Though the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series jumped between characters like Anakin, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, and various different clone troopers and squadrons, Ahsoka was arguably the main protagonist of that series. Her character arc was one of the biggest question marks because, unlike many of the other main characters, we didn’t know what became of her after the Clone Wars era. Ahsoka was so popular that they brought back Star Wars: The Clone Wars for a final season, gave her a major story arc in Star Wars: Rebels, and introduced her to the live-action Star Wars canon in The Mandalorian, where Rosario Dawson first played her.

Of course, they didn’t introduce Rosario Dawson as just a fun cameo. We’re now getting a full-on Ahsoka series that will follow her quest to find the young Jedi Ezra Bridger and the villainous Grand Admiral Thrawn after they disappeared at the end of Star Wars: Rebels. Ahsoka will have her own three-episode story arc in the upcoming animated anthology Tales of the Jedi, where Ashley Eckstein will return to voice the character. The Ahsoka series is expected to release sometime in 2023. Along with Dawson, the series will also star Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Star Wars: Rebels character Sabine Wren and Hayden Christensen as Ahsoka’s former Master, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Ray Stevenson will be appearing in a currently unnamed villain role. Ivanna Sakhno and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also join the cast, though their roles have yet to be revealed. Hera Syndulla and Chopper from Star Wars: Rebels are also rumored to have appearances, so maybe Dawson will get closer with Chopper after all.