‘Tales of the Jedi’ is a Disney series about Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku

The Star Wars Tales of the Jedi animated series was revealed on Saturday during Star Wars Anaheim celebration. The shorts will reveal previously unseen adventures of Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku, which will have three episodes each.

The six-episode series is slated to hit Disney Plus this fall. Show creator Dave Filoni revealed that he wrote the episodes while flying back and forth to film the Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian.

The Dooku episodes will feature his apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn as a young man. We previously saw Qui-Gon as a seasoned Jedi in The Phantom Menace, the first film in the prequel trilogy, where he was played by Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson will return to his role in Tales of the Jedi, and the actor’s son Michael will voice the younger version of the character.

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Tales of the Jedi will reveal the early days of Ahsoka Tano.

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Participants were treated to an episode – the ominously titled Life and Death – that revealed Ahsoka’s birth and early days with her family. The 15-minute episode was engaging and intense, and felt inspired by the tone and pacing of the anime.

Ahsoka’s mother is voiced by Janina Gavankar, known to Star Wars fans as Iden Versio in the 2017 video game Battlefront 2.

The episode received a standing ovation from the audience at Celebration Anaheim, but Filoni warned that some of the remaining shorts will go dark.

“As cool as it is, there has to be balance in the Force,” Filoni said, noting that Dooku’s episodes will be intense — fitting, as he is destined to fall to the Dark Side and become Darth Sidious’ apprentice. An older Dooku is the villainous Sith Lord seen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the second and third films in the prequel trilogy.

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Ahsoka made her animated debut as Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan in 2008’s The Clone Wars (which was set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) and played a pivotal role in the seven-season series that followed. She appeared again in the follow-up show Rebels, and was voiced by Ashley Eckstein in both. Eckstein will likely return to the role in Tales of the Jedi.

Rosario Dawson took over the role when an older Ahsoka made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian season two, appeared in The Book of Boba Fett. earlier this year and is getting your own Disney Plus series in 2023.

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