It’s an exciting time for Rebels fans—the Ahsoka trailer was released during Star Wars Celebration and while it’s primarily about the titular character, there is a bit of a Rebels reunion feel to it. Considering that Ahsoka herself is mainly tied to The Clone Wars and the series is set in a post-Return of the Jedi timeline, it’ll be interesting to see the exact role our friends from Rebels will play in the series. The trailer revealed that we’d be reunited with Hera Syndulla, Chopper, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, and we even saw a hologram of Ezra Bridger. However, one of the most exciting moments of the trailer was seeing the live-action debut of Sabine Wren.
Natasha Liu Bordizzo is Sabine Wren
When we last saw Sabine Wren, she was narrating the epilogue of Rebels (voiced by Tiya Sircar) detailing what each remaining member of the Spectre crew was up to after the Battle of Endor and the war. While she initially stayed on Lothal to defend it in honor of her friend, Ezra, and his sacrifice; she eventually realized there was something bigger she was meant to do. She traveled with Ahsoka Tano on a quest to find Ezra and bring him home.
And based on the trailer, something must have stopped their search, as Sabine (played in live-action by Natasha Liu Bordizzo) says “It’s been a while” as Ahsoka approaches. Sabine appears to have taken up residence in Ezra’s tower once again in the years since she and Ahsoka assumingly stopped searching for their friend. What she’s doing there is anyone’s guess, though it’s a good bet she’s returned to continue honoring her lost friend.
Seeing Sabine Wren in live-action is exciting for many Rebels fans—she was a fan favorite that helped inspire a rebellion, along with the rest of the Spectres. She was a colorful character in a dark world—and I love that, despite the sadness we see in the trailer, she’s just as colorful in Ahsoka—she fought for her friends and for the people of the galaxy. Her famed Starbird signature was used as inspiration for the Rebel Alliance crest.
Oh, and she’s a Mandalorian. Could Sabine be meant for more than just Ahsoka? Perhaps Dave Filoni’s move brings together The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka? Maybe, and hopefully, more—while we are getting more Star Wars films in the future, the world of Star Wars TV continues to burn bright.
Ahsoka will be streaming on Disney+ in August 2023.
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