Ahsoka's New Lead Character Is What The Show Needs (If It's Not Ezra) – Screen Rant

Disney’s Ahsoka TV series is reportedly casting a second lead character under the name Riz. It’s a shrewd move – as long as Riz isn’t actually Ezra.
Reports claim the Disney+ Ahsoka series is casting a second lead alongside Rosario Dawson, and this is a great idea – so long as said character isn’t Ezra Bridger. Beloved by fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels for many years, Ahsoka Tano only made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian season 2. Fortunately, Rosario Dawson’s episode paved the way for more, and Disney duly announced an Ahsoka solo series was in the works. Most likely set during The Mandalorian‘s timeline (to fit Dawson’s casting), the series could pick up Ahsoka’s teased hunt for Thrawn.
According a recent report, Disney is currently casting a second main character to partner Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano. There’s no news on an actor just yet, but the mystery addition goes by “Riz” and is described as a “lone wolf…world weary despite his young age.” Naturally, many are making the understandable assumption that “Riz” is actually Star Wars Rebels‘ Ezra Bridger. Aside from the broadly similar names and description, it’s typical for Star Wars to avoid spoilers by using coded names when casting familiar characters. Furthermore, The Mandalorian never explained what happened after Ahsoka journeyed to find Ezra following his time-bending trip into the World Between Worlds, so questions still need to be answered.
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Nevertheless, Ahsoka should make Riz a completely new character, rather than Ezra Bridger. Virtually every ingredient of Ahsoka (that we know about thus far) derives from a previous Star Wars project. There’s Ahsoka herself, the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, rumors of Sabine Wren in live-action, and the Thrawn setup from The Mandalorian season 2. With so many ties to existing Star Wars media already, Ahsoka doesn’t need Ezra as a co-lead to Rosario Dawson.
Other Disney+ Star Wars properties have understood the importance of fresh blood. The most important and compelling figures in The Mandalorian, for instance, are Din Djarin and Grogu – two completely new creations fans have taken to their hearts. Similarly, The Book of Boba Fett will team Boba (an iconic character) with Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand (a new character), perfectly blending the franchise’s past and present. Ahsoka would be better served making Riz an entirely original character that Ahsoka Tano encounters during her Disney+ adventures, once again bringing together the old and new of Star Wars.
Of course, that’s not to say Ezra Bridger shouldn’t appear at all in Ahsoka – he absolutely should. Star Wars Rebels left Ezra’s fate deliberately ambiguous, and Ahsoka is the perfect place to explore that lingering thread. But live-action Ezra doesn’t need to be an ever-present co-star in Ahsoka season 1. He’s better suited to a background presence that becomes a recurring role by the latter half of the season, similar to Boba Fett in The Mandalorian.
Ahsoka introducing Riz as a new foil to Rosario Dawson’s seasoned ex-Jedi would also mirror the mentor-student dynamic Snips shared with Anakin Skywalker. Just as Star Wars: The Clone Wars began with Anakin as the famed legacy character and Ahsoka as the new padawan needing to prove herself (both to Anakin, and the audience), those roles are now reversed. Ahsoka is the renowned Jedi Star Wars fans can’t wait to reunite with, while Riz can be the fresh-faced newbie looking to impress. And, who knows? Maybe in another 10 years, we’ll be discussing why Disney+’s Riz solo series needs an original co-star.
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Craig first began contributing to Screen Rant in 2016, several years after graduating college, and has been ranting ever since, mostly to himself in a darkened room. Having previously written for various sports and music outlets, Craig’s interest soon turned to TV and film, where a steady upbringing of science fiction and comic books finally came into its own. Craig has previously been published on sites such as Den of Geek, and after many coffee-drenched hours hunched over a laptop, part-time evening work eventually turned into a full-time career covering everything from the zombie apocalypse to the Starship Enterprise via the TARDIS. Since joining the Screen Rant fold, Craig has been involved in breaking news stories and mildly controversial ranking lists, but now works predominantly as a features writer. Jim Carrey is Craig’s top acting pick and favorite topics include superheroes, anime and the unrecognized genius of the High School Musical trilogy.

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