Since the last time a Star Wars Celebration was able to happen in person, the world of that franchise has transformed completely into an extended universe — or perhaps a galaxy — of live action TV shows.
The Mandalorian was a smash success, already streaming two seasons and a spin-off (The Book of Boba Fett), and creating a phenomenon in the form of Grogu, aka Baby Yoda. For the first time, the teams behind the shows, led by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, were able to gather on stage in front of thousands of fans at the 2022 Star Wars Celebration and offer just a few teases for what's to come as the world of The Mandalorian continues in various forms.
Temuera Morrison was also on hand to talk about The Book of Boba Fett (though there was no news on its future), and Rosario Dawson (and her droid Chopper) hit the stage to promote the upcoming Ashoka, which is currently filming.
Of course, she couldn't spill any secrets, but she did reflect on how long she had been wanting to play the character, and how exciting it was when she retweeted some fan art and then got a follow from the official Star Wars social media accounts, eventually followed by a call from Filoni and Favreau offering her the role.
The biggest news of the panel was the official reveal of Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, the legendary Mandalorian warrior who fans grew to love on Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars. Bordizzo, who is starring alongside Dawson on Ahsoka, joined the panel towards the end, but she was also unable to share much, other than how much the character has come to mean to her.
"I think you guys are going to be really excited about the journey she's about to go on," she said.
She made her debut after Filoni introduced the first footage from Ahsoka, despite the fact that the series has only been filming for three weeks. The footage featured no dialogue and no character faces aside from Ashoka herself, but there were lots of brief glimpses of ships and the backs of other characters' heads, and a mural of the characters from Rebels.
Footage from Season 3 of The Mandalorian offered a lot more details about what's to come as Din (Pedro Pascal) is desperate to "be forgiven for his transgressions" by heading to Mandalore. Carl Weathers, Katee Sackhoff, Emily Swallow, and series newcomer Tim Meadows all appeared in the footage, but obviously the most important part is that there is clearly a lot of adorable Baby Yoda ahead, after almost a full season where he and Din were separated. Pascal could only gush about how great it was to be reunited with his son in the Season 2 finale.
"It's very hard to be separated. It's the closest I've ever come to being a dad, so far anyway," he said. "You watch the show and to see a child love his father like that, I mean, I get it. Maybe I should have a kid."
The final guest to join the panel was Grogu himself, who took a seat on the table next to Favreau and shared a moment with his three dads: Pascal and his Mandalorian doubles, Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder. Giancarlo Esposito also tried to get his hands on the Child, but was luckily unsuccessful…for now.
The Mandalorian will return in February 2023, and Ahsoka will premiere in 2023.