Character Corner: Ahsoka Tano

This week on Star Wars Character Corner, we discuss one of the main characters from the Clone Wars television series, Ahsoka Tano! This Togruta Jedi Padawan was Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the series, and serves as one of the show’s main characters alongside Anakin, and Obi-Wan.

Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka Tano is in the Spotlight this week!

 

Biography:

Ahsoka Tano, who would later earn the nickname ‘Snips’ from her master, was born on Shili thirty-six years before the battle of Yavin. She was discovered by Jedi Master Plo Koon at the age of three, and was brought to the Jedi temple. She received training from several masters, including Yoda.

The council decided to assign Ahsoka to Anakin Skywalker, with the hopes of both teaching Anakin responsibility, and to help Ahsoka become more independent as well as less reckless. Master and padawan first met during the battle of Christophsis, to aid in the battle and pass on a message. The battle quickly turned against them, but they were able to succeed. Anakin was at first reluctant to take Ahsoka as a padawan, but they quickly found common ground.

Ahsoka and her master went on a great number of missions for the Jedi and republic during the clone wars. They participated in battles at Gwori, Skytop Station, Maridun, and more. She forged a rivalry against dark Acolyte and Count Dooku’s apprentice Asajj Ventress, whom she fought with during several missions. She would also fight against General Grievous multiple times, as well as the notorious Jedi hunter Cad Bane.

Responsible and honest, Ahsoka was touched deeply by the events of the war. She suffered knowing that clones under her command were being killed, and refused to let herself be used to blackmail others. Prone to overconfidence, Ahsoka would sometimes refuse to follow her master’s orders, but always admitted to her responsibility.

One of the most important things that happened during the clone wars was the Mission to Mortis. Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan traveled to the Chrelythiumn system. There, they met physical embodiments of the light side – the Daughter – the dark side – the Son – and balance between the two, known as the Father. During the mission, the three take shelter in a cave, and Ahsoka is awoken by a vision of her future. In it, her future self tells her that Anakin will fall to the dark side and that by staying with him she could prevent it. This became a defining conflict for Ahsoka during the rest of the clone wars.

Near the end of the Clone Wars series, Ahsoka is framed for the death of a saboteur — responsible for a bombing at the Jedi temple — and imprisoned. Seemingly freed by her master, she is again quickly framed for the death of several clone troopers killed by lightsaber. She briefly allied with Ventress before separating, and being attacked by an unknown assailant. She was captured and tried by the Jedi council, but her master appeared to reveal the true culprit: Barriss Offee, a Jedi warrior, and previously someone Ahsoka thought she could trust.

Ahsoka was invited to reenter the Jedi order, but she felt betrayed by the council and their lack of trust in her. Her master tried to convince her to stay, but she ended up leaving the order, leaving Anakin alone, and setting up the very events her future self had warned her about.

Behind the scenes:

Ahsoka was voiced by Ashley Eckstein for both the Clone Wars film and the television series. She was originally going to be named Ashla. She is fourteen years old when she first appears as Anakin’s padawan. The pattern of her face is inspired by the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.

Ahsoka Tano is an interesting to the character corner. She is a major player in the only official canon television appearance (at least, until Rebels begins), but she appears nowhere else in the Expanded Universe. Other than the information that’s in the Clone Wars television series (as well as a comic book that was adapted into an episode) there is nothing about her. Following Lucasart’s decision to restrict current cannon to the live-action movies and this series, we may or may not have the opportunity to hear more about Ahsoka.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Star Wars Character Corner! Stop by each week for more fun fan info!

The Six Types of Star Wars Fans

Star Wars fans are some of the most dedicated and intense out of any pop culture juggernaut, and are an important part of its lasting influence. Here at Official Star Wars Costumes we salute the fans today, by splitting them into conveniently-numbered groups. So, here are the six kinds of Star Wars fans!

6 Types of Star Wars Fans
Which type of Star Wars Fan are you?

The Younglings:

What they know: The movies, the clone wars television show.

What they are: Up to the ages of ten, very possibly the children of fans.

These are the fans that could grow up into any kind of older fan, but all fans, if introduced to Star Wars young enough, will start with this. They’ll love the sounds and sights of the original trilogy, the spectacle of the prequels, and may even find Jar-Jar funny (Don’t worry, never for long). They’ll think the lovey-dovey stuff between Anakin and Padme is gross, but will love to watch them fight alongside each other in the movies and the Clone Wars show.

Reaction: These learners should be treated kindly, and not with disrespect. They love it as we might have once, and if pointed in the right direction, they will continue to love it, as we might still.

What they think about Episode VII: It’s like a year away, they aren’t thinking about it yet.

The Apprentices:

What they know: The movies, the Clone Wars, some of the expanded universe.

What they are: Older than ten, but still in their teens.

These fans have taken in the canon universe and yearn for more. They might have picked up the Thrawn trilogy, tearfully paged through Chewbacca’s demise in R.A. Salvatore’s book Vector Prime, or looked at the alternate universes of the “What If?” series. If unhindered, they will learn everything they can about the Star Wars EU, and why not? It’s a universe full of space wizards and laser swords!

They will realize the truth about Jar-Jar.

Reaction: It is tempting to dismiss such fans as too young to appreciate the humble beginnings of the series – have they even seen the original versions of the movies? – but their knowledge is to be encouraged. Correct their canon mistakes, tell them of how it was in the past the way a grandfather will pass down stories to the children sitting around his chair, and they will go on to inspire those under them.

What they think about Episode VII: Excitement.

The Knights:  

What they know: Movies, deeper knowledge of the EU.

What they are: Anywhere from teenage to college-aged and beyond.

The biggest group of the fans will be in this category. They’ve seen the movies, maybe even the original versions. They’ve watched the Clone Wars (though may consider it too much of a kid’s show) and have enjoyed the EU to a greater extent. More importantly, they remember the dark times, the period between the original trilogy and the prequels, when Star Wars was not the instant money-maker it is today. Books were published, both in the prose and comic variety, but more movies were a dream yet unrealized.

Reaction: They will tell you Han shot first. They will tell you that Jar-Jar and Podracing is a travesty. They will tell you George Lucas has ruined things! They may be right! And, yet, they will line up to see the new versions put in theaters and, yes, they will remember the first time they saw Episode I with wide eyes and bright smiles. It’s important to remember this. Even if they don’t.

What they think of Episode VII: Cautious optimism.

The Masters:

What they know: Movies, EU, Christmas Special, more than you ever will, kid!

What they are: They could be going gray, but still have the love of Star Wars at heart.

We’ve run into the first group that has the chance of remembering the movies when they came out. Did they see it on opening day? Perhaps. Did they see it twice on opening day? We know a few; maybe you do too. The prequels may disgust them – too much noise and light, too many special effects, etc – and changes made to the original trilogy may anger them.

Reaction: Don’t ask them about the Christmas Special.

What they think of Episode VII: If they liked the EU, they’re probably annoyed. Otherwise, we’ll have to wait and see.

“Always in motion is the future,” Yoda said during Episode V, and no truer is that than here. There are many ways for a fan to end up. They could delve deep into Wookiepedia, skim the top of the Expanded Universe, or leave it to the movies.

However, they can be more or less separated into two camps:

The Old Council:

Like the Jedi Order before the rise of the Galactic Empire, they are afraid of change. Why not just leave the story the way it is? This can manifest in some different ways: Maybe they don’t like how the EU has removed ambiguity from the space between the movies, or maybe they appreciate the EU but don’t agree with Disney that it should be dropped in favor of the new movies.

The New Council:

After the Jedi Order is restored by Luke Skywalker following the Emperor’s demise, he makes several changes to the Jedi code, including allowing them to marry. Some fans will always see more Star Wars as a better thing, including the long history of the EU and the decision to make the movies separate from the EU.

There you have it, several of the kinds of Star Wars fans that have grown to love it. Do you think there are more? Let us know!

Meet the Cast: Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII fever is in full swing, and will only get bigger as the months roll on and the release date gets closer! Official Star Wars Costumes has been following the news closely, and we’re here now to give you the background scoop on the actors, new and old, picked to represent the future of Star Wars.  Star Wars has officially announced who will be in the newest installment into the Star Wars Series.

Star Wars Cast Reveal
Star Wars Revealed the Cast on April 29, 2014

Returning

Those actors reprising their roles for the new movie include Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker.

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has been in numerous plays and film works, but has become acclaimed for his proficiency doing voice-acting work for animated movies, television, and video games. His most famous role is that of the Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis, starting with the animated series in 1992. He continued to play the character, including movies, and the new Arkham series of video games by Warner Brothers, though those would be his last.

Harrison Ford (Han Solo) has been in more than fifty movies, most famous of which are the Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones movies, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Patriot Games. In 2008, worldwide grosses of his movies passed 6 billion dollars, making him the fourth highest grossing U.S. Star.

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) is best known for Star Wars, but has numerous other claims to fame as well. She wrote a bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, which was then made into a film. Her screen credits include Ringo, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and more.

7’ 3” Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) film career is somewhat limited, but he did star in the film Terror, as well as providing a voice for the English version of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy. Outside of that, he constantly reprises his famous Star Wars role for ads and appearances. He is now a naturalized citizen of the U.S., and a business owner in Boyd, Texas.

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) has appeared in Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of the Lord of the Rings and other small roles. He has written several Star Wars-related stories, and is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Kenny Baker’s (R2-D2) other films include The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, and Labyrinth.

New Actors

We are as of yet unaware what roles these men and women will play, but we can still give you the details of their career. The new blood is John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

John Boyega, 22, was a performing arts student at South Thames College, getting such roles as Othello in 2010. He’s been in several plays and films, including Attack the Block, Junkhearts, and Half of a Yellow Sun.

Daisy Ridley, age unknown, has yet to be seen outside of television, though Scrawl, her first film, will be opening in 2014. Before this, she has had bit parts in television shows since 2013. While we can’t really predict what her role will be, it’s suspected she’ll play Jaina Solo, Han and Leia’s daughter.

Adam Driver, 30, was the first new actor to be announced, is most famous for his recurring role on the HBO series Girls. He has been in numerous small film roles, and several stage productions. It was reported by Vanity that Driver will play a villain in Episode VII.

Oscar Isaac, 35, is a Guatemalan-born actor that graduated from Juilliard in 2005. He has been a number of film and television productions, including The Nativity Story, Drive, The Bourne Legacy, and, most famously, Inside Llewyn Davis as the title character.

Andy Serkis, 50, is a famous live and motion-capture actor most well-known for playing the insidious Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the Hobbit movies. Other film credits include Tintin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and Longford. He’s also had a career in television, and motion-capture for video games. Here’s hoping he doesn’t play a Gungan!

Domhnall Gleeson, 30, is an Irish actor, director, and writer. You may have seen him in the two final Harry Potter films, in which he played Bill Weasley (He’s also the son of Brendan Gleeson, who plays Alastor Moody in the films). Gleeson began acting in 2004, and has appeared in films such as True Grit, and Anna Karenina, as well as many others. He’s directed two short films: What Will Survive of Us, and Noreen.

Max von Sydow, 85, is a Swedish actor who is well-known for his part in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal as the knight that plays chess against Death. Sydow has enjoyed a long career in film. Famous examples include The Exorcist, Flash Gordon, Minority Report, and Shutter Island.

There you have it! Actors and actresses new and old that we hope will make Star Wars Episode VII something amazing come 2015. Along with the interesting news dealing with the Star Wars EU, lately it’s been quite a whirlwind for fans!