Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in ‘The Clone Wars’, ‘Rebels’, and ‘Tales of the Jedi’, has recently urged fans to watch the animated series before the release of ‘Ahsoka’ on Disney Plus. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Eckstein emphasized the importance of understanding the backstory provided by the animated series to fully appreciate the upcoming live-action show.
Eckstein, who is also the founder of Her Universe, a fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, will be hosting a fashion show at the San Diego Comic Con on July 20. She has been a consistent presence at Lucasfilm events, including Star Wars Celebration and visits to the parks, since taking on the voice acting role of Ahsoka Tano.
Although Eckstein did not secure the role of Ahsoka Tano in live-action, her relationship with Star Wars remains stronger than ever. She continues to champion the upcoming series and animated content. Eckstein even visited the ‘Ahsoka’ set back in October and spoke glowingly about her meeting with Rosario Dawson, who will be playing the live-action version of Ahsoka.
When asked whether fans need to watch the animated material before the series premiere, Eckstein responded, “Oh, absolutely! I actually recommend to everyone who is excited about the upcoming Ahsoka series, I highly recommend that you take the time to watch The Clone Wars, and watch Rebels, and even Tales of the Jedi. Because if you don’t, you’re going to miss out on crucial, crucial backstory that you really need to know to fully enjoy the Ahsoka series, which is so exciting.
Eckstein’s emphasis on the importance of the animated series slightly departs from the company line. While Filoni and the cast have been careful not to emphasize that the animation is a requirement to the enjoyment of ‘Ahsoka’, Eckstein is clear that the backstory provided in the animated shows is “crucial” and those who don’t watch those shows prior to the premiere may actually be missing out.
Eckstein believes that viewers who pick up ‘Ahsoka’ without watching ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels’ will still enjoy the show, or at least, not be confused. However, she has voiced the thought that consuming the animation prior to watching ‘Ahsoka’ is perhaps more important than those interviewed as part of the press run may have you believe.
As we approach the release of ‘Ahsoka’, fans are encouraged to take Eckstein’s advice and immerse themselves in the rich backstory provided by ‘The Clone Wars’, ‘Rebels’, and ‘Tales of the Jedi’. Only then can they fully appreciate the depth and complexity of the character Ahsoka Tano and the exciting stories that await in the new series.
Article based on the original story from CinemaBlend.