Star Wars Ahsoka Tano: Ezra Bridger actor ‘confirmed’ in Mandalorian spin-off?

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These days, actors don’t just rely on their own fame or their agents to get a job. Many have openly and often lobbied for roles on social media. Rosario Dawson landed the role of Ahsoka Tano after years of lobbying by fans, which the actress happily endorsed. Social media is also used to tease and sometimes reveal major industry news. So when an actor very closely linked to the role of Ezra Bridger posted an image on Instagram accompanied with a famous quote by the character and the tag “ready to shoot”, you don’t need Jedi mind powers to figure it out.

Mena Massoud has been a hot favourite to land the coveted role over the past months.

He was thrust to worldwide fame after starring as the titular thief in Aladdin opposite Will Smith in 2019. However, the Egyptian-Canadian actor complained afterwards that major Hollywood roles had not followed as expected.

He has only been seen since in the indie movie Run This Town and one episode of 9-1-1 Lone Star. But it looks like all that is about to change as he takes on an iconic Star Wars role.

Earlier today, the actor posted an image of himself shirtless and staring moodily into the camera.

He wrote: “Hey, just so you know, when I escape I won’t hurt any of you.”

It is such a specific line that it absolutely cannot be coincidental.

Ezra Bridger says exactly those words in the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 episode Stealth Strike. In typically cocky fashion, the character says it to the group of Stormtroopers who have just captured him.

True to form he uses the force to defeat them and then accidentally stuns his won rescuers who had come disguised as Stormtroopers themselves.

It’s the kind of improvisation and street smarts shared by Massoud’s most famous character, Aladdin.

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Any involvement from Bridger will always come associated with his Star Wars nemesis Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Fans had been hoping the hugely popular anti-hero might even somehow pop up in Star Wars Rise of Skywalker, even though the ending of Star Wars Rebels had apparently suggested both Bridger and Thrawn had died.

When Ahsoka Tano made her scene-stealing appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian, she referred to Thrawn, indicating he is still alive. Star Wars writer Dave Filoni has subsequently confirmed this is true. 

Although hopes are now high that the Lothal rebel and ruthless Chiss warrior will both make their way into The Mandalorian spin-off, Filoni also cautioned that it has not yet been revealed where exactly the Mandalorian fits into the Star Wars timeline.

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In Tano’s first appearance in The Mandalorian‘s Chapter 13: The Jedi, she was tracking Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) who had information regarding the whereabouts of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Tano demanded Elsbeth reveal where her “master” is.

However, Filoni’s warning means that Tano’s own show could take place before these events, meaning she is even further from an encounter with Thrawn.

Also, while the character of Ahsoka Tano has already appeared on screen and has her own spin-off show confirmed, it will not be the first to hit the screen. First up in 2022 will be the Andor show, following the earlier days of Diego Luna’s Rogue One hero Cassian Andor.

Before anyone gets too excited by the tagged “@readytoshooteg” that ends Massoud’s latest post, it is not actually a direct hint that filming is about to start on any show at all. It is actually the name of the photographic studio that shot the moody black and white shirtless image.

So, what is happening? Is Massoud trolling fans when he knows he is the hot favourite to play Bridger? Or is the Star Wars Rebels quote a genuine nod to Star Wars aficionados who would spot the link immediately?

So far, industry sites and Star Wars observers are cautiously reporting that Massoud appears to be “teasing” that he has been cast in the role ahead of an official announcement. 

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