Natasha Liu Bordizzo who plays live action Sabine Wren in Ahsoka, spoke to Empire Magazine for an unreleased interview. During Star Wars Celebration, fans in attendance got to see an extended version of the Ahsoka trailer. In the trailer, there’s a shot of Sabine Wren igniting a green lightsaber. Blurry images of the moment did circulate online after the footage was shown at the Celebration. Some fans speculated that she may have been igniting Ezra Bridger’s lightsaber which he left with Sabine before disappearing along with Grand Admiral Thrawn.
What fans don’t know and what’s been kept a secret until now is that the actress actually trained to use a lightsaber. That’s right, along with the traditional Mandalorian fighting style, Bordizzo confirmed to Empire Magazine that she’s relieved to share that she did indeed receive lightsaber training. Here’s what she had to say about her training:
"It’s been really hard talking about my fight-training without talking about the fact that it’s ‘saber-training, which is literally all I’ve been doing for so long. The Mandalorian [physicality] is very Western, and then the ‘saber style is very samurai-influenced. Trying to embody those two things – sometimes one right after the other – in the choreography was super interesting, because they’re such different modes of being. I really had fun with the journey of trying to master both.”"
She was also asked to reveal if Sabine is using Ezra’s lightsaber but remained tightlipped. She explained what using a lightsaber means for Sabine:
"“What can I tease? It’s just part of her journey. Not just the ‘saber itself, but what comes with that, and what that means, and what mindset it takes to wield that weapon.”"
It’s interesting that The Mandalorian Season 3 ended with the apparent destruction of the Darksaber, the weapon belonging to a Mandalorian Jedi named Tarre Vizsla. However Sabine Wren could become the next lightsaber wielding Mandalorian. Her comments also seem to suggest that wielding this weapon will require that Sabine comes to understand the force and the Jedi Way, because that is the “mindset” it takes to wield a weapon like the lightsaber and even the Darksaber.
Ahsoka premieres this August on Disney+.