Star Wars: Episode VII: Lupita Nyong’o to Play Ahsoka Tano?

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Rumors regarding casting on the new Star Wars film has been circling for quite some time now. One of the biggest rumors regards Lupita Nyong’o and whom she would play if cast in Star Wars Episode VII. Fans are wondering if the role Lupita Nyong’o is up for is that of the character Ahoska Tano.

Star Wars Episode VII was announced little over a year ago after Disney bought the rights of the film franchise from George Lucas for a whopping 4.05 billionStar Wars dollars. Disney wasted no time after the acquisition and started work on a new trilogy of films to continue the franchise. The first Star Wars production Disney will release is the animated series Star Wars Rebels that will premiere later this year on Disney XD. That show will take place between Episode 4 and Episode 5 of the film franchise, and follow the events of the cancelled animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that fans were first introduced to the character of Ahsoka Tano, a young Jedi Padawan being trained by Anakin Skywalker. Ahoska Tana became a fan favorite, and many were disappointed in the manner her character was left without a proper ending in the series. (Spoiler Alert) By the end, all we know of the character is that she left the Jedi and that she also left an impact on Anakin Skywalker that would later build on his demise into Darth Vader. Her character was young in the series that takes place 30-years before the events of the new Star Wars Episode VII, so if she were in the new movie her character would be older.

Could it be that Lupita Nyong’o will play Ahoska Tano in Star Wars Episode VII? Nyong’o certainly has the look to play the fierce and powerful Jedi, of course heavy amounts of makeup would be required, and it would delight fans immensely to see Ahsoka Tano on the big screen. It would be a great opportunity for Disney to combine characters of their animated series and reintroduce them in the new film, pleasing fans who already know the character and creating new fans, as well. The Oscar-winning actress would be a great fit into the world of Star Wars and especially into the role of an older, more mature Ahsoka Tano.

It was rumored that Disney executives and J.J. Abrams held several meetings with Nyong’o to talk about a potential role for the actress in the new Star Wars film. The part was first described as the young female lead role, but that was later dismissed. It has now been rumored that the role approached to Nyong’o is that of an adult character. The new Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015 and filming will go on till the end of 2014, so fans still have many months of speculation as to if and whom Lupita Nyong’o will play in the new film. One thing is certain, if Lupita Nyong’o plays Ahoska Tano in the new Star Wars Episode VII it would please fans and give a whole new hope to the success of the future franchise.

Opinion by: Miguel A. Tamayo


20 Responses to "Star Wars: Episode VII: Lupita Nyong’o to Play Ahsoka Tano?"

  1. Jonathan :D   March 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I LOVE ASHOKA TANO and she did turn out to be older in the season finally of star wars rebels. 😀 I actually do have some theories about episode 7 😀

  2. Dandru   December 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Ahsoka was a horrible character, so I very much hope this turns out to be true.

    Oh, and your math is way off in this article.

  3. jaja   October 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

    But she is older than Luke Skywalker 🙁

  4. NoGods Speak ForThemselves   October 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    They ‘could’ use part of the storyline that was seen in the Dark Horse Comics series DARK EMPIRE (six issue mini series). Part of that story shows Coruscant still under Imperial rule, despite Vader and the ‘original’ Emperor dead (of which, no one knew he had several clones of himself made, in the event of his death), and Leia and Han going into the lower levels of the city-planet in search of a old Jedi woman in hiding….perhaps, this could be….Ahsoka?
    All I can say is this- I cannot wait until December 2015.

  5. TedM   July 9, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Your timeline is really off. Clone Wars takes place between Episodes 2 & 3, roughly 20 years before Episode 4. Episode 7 is going to take place roughly 30-35 years after episode 6. That’s more like a 55 year gap than a 30 year one. Still possible, but depending Ahsoka would be somewhere around 70+ years old. Depending on how her species ages, I’m thinking Lupita Nyong’o is probably a bit young for the part. As a character, she’s about 15 years older than Luke Skywalker, and take a gander at what he looks like now.

    • Brett   August 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      My thoughts exactly. While I would love for Ahsoka to be in this, the only way she could be is if she ages slowly like Yoda.(Does her race age slowly?)

      • Brandon   August 28, 2014 at 12:47 am

        Why not make it so that they do? If I was in charge, he species would age at a rate that would put her around 35 in our years so that she could be major factor in the next three movies.

      • Tiberiu   October 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        she was only 17 in the time of order 66 so she could easily still be alive in episode 7

  6. Chuck Norton   June 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Based on looks, Lupita could play Ahsoka, especially with her bright eyes. Her smile is a dead ringer for Ahsoka. Disney I think I speak for MILLIONS when I say that I would really like to see this happen.

    Give the tough, brilliant, wise and very “forsightful” Ahsoka the justice the quality of her character demands. That being said, Dave Filoni deserves no less.

  7. Benjamin Sisko   May 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Togruta is the race of Ashoka Tano. They don’t live short lives like humans do. I’d say she should make an appearance.

  8. hoper   April 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Asoka tano could have survived, i meen yoda only survived due a fast escape and not involving himself untell Loke found him. Asoka could have survived, sure masters like kit fisto died but the had armeis of clones all around them, were as asoka did not. and i am sure word would spred fast. and if i was asoka i would hide and not come out as yota did.

  9. Chloe   April 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    There are a bunch of plot holes in this article, but Lupita would be perfect for her if the chronology was correct.
    I’d really like to see Ahsoka in Rebels though.

  10. James Patrick Bowler   April 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Yeah whoever wrote this needs to do their Star Wars homework, Rebels takes place between episode 3 and 4. On a more pleasant note, if Ahsoka Tano makes an appearance in episode 7 that will be probably one of the most brilliant things they could ever do with the film.

  11. Mike S   April 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    The Clone Wars series is canon. It was created by George Lucas.
    Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo has confirmed that the canon is the six film saga, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and the forthcoming films.

  12. Danny   April 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Actually she left the Jedi order, so order 66 might not have affected her. Just because she is not mentioned in the films does not mean she can’t be in the new ones. She was not a Jedi at the time of order 66 basically, maybe this was intentional in The Clone Wars to be able to bring the character back somehow you dig.

    I loved the character and would love to see her in the new films, like that would be so sweet man.

    Ohh and I like how the writer slipped in “new hope” at the end there lol.

  13. DaDarkSide   April 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    “The first Star Wars production Disney will release is the animated series Star Wars Rebels that will premiere later this year on Disney XD. That show will take place between Episode 4 and Episode 5 of the film franchise, and follow the events of the cancelled animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

    I think SW: Rebels with take place in between III and IV, not IV and V….just a heads up.

  14. Paul Lane   April 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Duke, how do you know the age/aging race of Ahoska Tano? Maybe she is just long lived, perfect for deep space travel. Jeeze.

  15. Jedi Rob   April 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I kinda doubt Asoka Tano will be in the new trilogy, for a couple reasons:
    A) Asoka Tano was created just for The Clone Wars series. She was never mentioned in Revenge of the Sith, suggesting she was either struck down or non-canon, which gets me to my next point.
    B) I believe the animated Clone Wars series is non-canon to the rest of the storyline. Nothing in this show was carried over to Revenge of the Sith. In contrast, the first Clone Wars series (aired in the time period between Episodes II and III) basically set the stage for Revenge. I think the second Clone Wars series was just a means to keep Star Wars afloat and profitable for a while.
    C) In Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious gave the command to “Execute Order 66”, which was the order to purge the galaxy of ALL Jedi. In this series of events, the only two Jedi to survive were Obi Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda. If Asoka was canonical, I doubt that she would have survived the Jedi genocide, given her young age, naïve nature, and her overall lack of training. If the greatest of the Jedi Council, such as Kit Fisto, Mace Windu, Aayla Secura, and Ki Adi Mundi were all struck down, then I have great doubts that a padawan like Asoka managed to survive.

    In conclusion, I believe that Asoka Tano was in a timeline that was non-canon to the rest of the Star Wars universe, or she didn’t see the end of the Clone Wars. Thank you for your time.

  16. Duke   April 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    “Her character was young in the series that takes place 30-years before the events of the new Star Wars Episode VII”

    Actually, Episode VII takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, which is 4 years after the original Star Wars, which is 20-ish years after the Clone Wars.

    That’s a 54 year gap.

  17. Wampa Clown   April 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Two words: “Sky Guy”

    So….no thanks.


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