‘Ahsoka’: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Reportedly Set As Ghost Leader Hera Syndulla

There’s a reason why Ahsoka is the most anticipated Star Wars series coming to Disney+ in 2023. Of course, the return of Rosario Dawson as ex-Padewan badass Ahsoka Tano is the primary reason, but also because the show promises to be a Star Wars Rebels reunion, picking up on storylines left by that beloved animated series. With much of the Ghost crew’s roles already filled, the reliable folks at Bespin Bulletin have info on who Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be playing. And yes, it’s who you think.

According to the site, Winstead will be taking on the role of pilot Hera Syndulla. The matriarchal leader of the Ghost team, Hera is a Twi’lek who left her homeworld to fight as part of the Rebel Alliance. She would eventually rise in the ranks and become a Captain. In her animated appearances, she is voiced by Vanessa Marshall.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Winstead was playing Hera. It’s one of the last major roles left to be filled and it makes perfect sense for Winstead.

Other Ghost squad members confirmed to appear are Sabine Wren played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ezra Bridger played by Eman Esfandi. Their droid sidekick Chopper will also appear, confirmed by an earlier teaser shown at Star Wars Celebration. Hayden Christen will play Ahsoka’s mentor Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, with Ivanna Sakhno, Lars Mikkelsen, and Ray Stevenson also in the series.


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