Lucasfilm has revealed a surprising number of details about “Ahsoka,” but there’s still much about the series that’s shrouded in secrecy, and the extent of Hayden Christensen’s role in it ranks high among its many mysteries. Indeed, ever since it was first rumored that “Ahsoka” would give the actor the chance to reprise his role as Anakin, viewers have been speculating about whether the series will feature either flashback or present-day scenes between its eponymous former Jedi and her powerful mentor.
Fortunately, the new “Ahsoka” trailer heavily implies that it will not only include flashback scenes set during the wartorn period of “The Clone Wars,” but also moments between Rosario Dawson’s “Star Wars” heroine and Christensen’s Anakin. Given how long some viewers have been waiting to see live-action versions of Anakin and Ahsoka interact on-screen together, that alone makes the Disney+ series a must-see title for “Star Wars” fans. In a recent featurette for “Ahsoka,” creator Dave Filoni even teased that the show is about its titular character taking on the mentorship role that Anakin once adopted for her for Natasha Liu Bordizzo’s Sabine Wren.
It seems, in other words, like there’s a real chance the Disney+ original will only further deepen Anakin and Ahsoka’s already tragic, complex relationship. With that in mind, it’s worth noting that the latest “Ahsoka” teaser features one subtle but major moment: The first time that viewers have ever gotten to hear Christensen’s live-action iteration of Anakin say his Padawan’s name out loud.
Odds are, that won’t be the only momentous interaction that occurs throughout “Ahsoka.” Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until the series premieres on Wednesday, August 23 to find out what other surprises and long-awaited moments lie in store in its eight episodes.