With only days before the two-episode premiere on August 23rd, Ahsoka directors have finally been announced via a production briefing. The series has six directors altogether. Aside from Dave Filoni, some may not be familiar with the remaining five directors. Get a look at who these directors are and what they’ve done prior to this project.
Filoni has always been involved with the story of Ahsoka. It’s no shock to long-time fans that he’s one of two directors to direct two episodes in the Ahsoka series. Filoni is currently credited with directing episodes one and five. While Ahsoka may be the most anticipated series from Filoni yet, his support and contribution to the Ahsoka character started fifteen years ago. In 2008, Filoni and Lucasfilm released a full-length animated Star Wars film titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This animated film featured many different prequel characters, including the debut of Ahsoka Tano. The film, of course, inspired the highly acclaimed animated Clone Wars series.
Filoni was named executive producer and partially used the seven-season series to further the character development of the rogue Jedi. Ahsoka goes through many trials and tribulations throughout the entire seven seasons. Seeing this young padawan slowly grow up throughout the series has revealed much of Ahsoka’s backstory. In The Clone Wars show, we witness Ahsoka become a skilled padawan, leave the Jedi order, lose a dear friend and mentor in Anakin Skywalker, and have multiple brushes with death.
This gave fans something to relate to due to the character’s growth and Filoni’s constant, fluent storytelling. Without that push and established connection to the audience from The Clone Wars, it’s doubtful the Ahsoka series would have gotten nearly as much attention from fans and viewers. After season six of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka was reintroduced by Filoni in Star Wars Rebels, where she was forced to face her darkest demons. This body of work perfectly demonstrates that Since 2008, Filoni has given himself all of the necessary tools to design this live-action series to absolute perfection.
Steph Green is credited with directing episodes two and three of Ahsoka. Green has an extensive directing background. Her works can be found in series such as Luke Cage, The Americans, and Preacher. Not only has Green worked on a variety of sets, but also one that’s quite familiar with Star Wars fanatics. One of her most recent projects was an episode from Lucasfilm’s The Book of Boba Fett. Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine was directed by Green with the help of the show’s creator, Jon Favreau. Other than Dave Filoni, the show’s leading writer and co-showrunner, Green is the only director to have directed two episodes in this series.
Peter Ramsey has quite a history as a director, producer, director assistant, and more. His most prominent projects are Rise of the Guardians and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Ramsey also has experience with directing miniseries after directing Lost Ollie. Like Green, Ramsey has done prior work in the Star Wars universe after directing episode five of The Mandalorian season three. Like the Boba Fett series, The Mandalorian is a part of the same overall story as Ahsoka. All three series occur during the same period, and all shows reportedly lead up to Dave Filoni’s anticipated Star Wars film. Therefore, Ramsey may be well aware of Filoni’s much bigger plans. Ramsey is currently credited as director for episode four.
Jennifer Getzinger has directed numerous TV series. How to get away with Murder, Outlander, and Westworld are just some of the featured shows that Getzinger has taken part in directing. Unlike some of her peers, Getzinger doesn’t appear to have any prior directing experience at Lucasfilm. However, this isn’t her first time working with a series that contains intricate lore. Getzinger directed three episodes from the Netflix Original Jessica Jones and one episode of the Daredevil Netflix series. While both series were canceled some time ago, her work is still loved and respected by many fans of Marvel’s Defenders saga. Getzinger will be directing episode six.
Geeta Vasant Patel
Vasant Patel has also directed a number of TV Series and was even nominated for an Emmy Award. Patel has directed episodes of Atypical, The Mindy Project, Fresh off the Boat, and more. She also directed episode eight of House of the Dragon, a prequel to the beloved Game of Thrones series. While the world of Game of Thrones is certainly a creative and comprehensive one, the galaxy far, far away has its own unique lore that the acclaimed director may find different, but exciting.
Rick Famuyiwa is yet another director who’s priorly worked with Lucasfilm on The Mandalorian. Famuyiwa is credited by IMDB as the executive producer for all eight episodes. Similarly to The Mandalorian, Ahsoka needs directors who understand how each series is self-contained but is also a piece of a much bigger puzzle. Therefore, bringing back prior staff is undoubtedly a good idea to have people who already understand the bigger picture and story. With Famuyiwa’s experience on The Mandalorian, it’s no secret why he’s been chosen to direct the season finale.