Star Wars fans have something to cheer about: Rosario Dawson has been cast as Ahsoka Tano and will be joining The Mandalorian for season 2.

The star of USA’s Briarpatch has been cast in the role that originated from the animated productions Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Tano was first introduced in Clone Wars in 2008, and has also appeared in tie-in comic books and novels. This will be the first time the character appears in a live-action production of the franchise.

The Mandalorian is currently scheduled to premiere on Disney+ October 2020.

Who is Ahsoka Tano?

Ahsoka, a Togruta female, was the Padawan learner to Anakin Skywalker (before he became Darth Vader) and a hero of the Clone Wars. Alongside Anakin, she grew from headstrong student into a mature leader.

The character was co-created by Dave Filoni (a producer, writer, and director of the pilot episode of The Mandalorian) and Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Back in 2017, Dawson tweeted her interest in the role, which was a response to a fan suggestion.

The Mandalorian is the first Star Wars series to air on Disney+. Disney has two other series from the Star Wars universe in the production pipeline, one starring Diego Luna who will reprise his role from Rogue One, and Ewan McGregor returning to the franchise for an Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Series creator Jon Favreau serves as head writer and showrunner, as well as executive producer, alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Directors on season 1 included Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow, who has also been tapped to direct the Obi-Wan series.