Star Wars fans are still talking about last week's fifth episode of Ahsoka, and Lucasfilm (via SFFGazette.com) has now shared a behind-the-scenes look at the long-awaited reunion between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and his former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson).
These characters first met in animated form in The Clone Wars, before encountering each other again as enemies for an intense lightsaber battle in Star Wars Rebels. However, in "Shadow Warrior," Ahsoka and her former master shared the screen for the first time in live-action.
"It's really, really powerful for Ahsoka, to see her guard come down," Dawson says in the video. "We know her as a stoic, super-powerful, on top of it, warrior, and all of a sudden, she's Padawan again."
Christensen recently reprised the role of Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series for a face-off with his former friend and master, but this marked the first time he got to play Anakin Skywalker pre-dark side turn since the prequel trilogy.
"When I got the phone call to talk about being part of the Ahsoka project, I was thrilled," he shares. "It kind of blows your mind every time. I just feel very grateful."
As it turns out, Dawson and Christensen already knew each other, as they met in an acting class as teenagers prior to their Hollywood careers taking off.
"To have that kind of history with him, it really was like seeing my old friend," Dawson adds.
Check out the BTS video below, and be sure to tune in to Disney+ for the sixth episode of Ahsoka later on tonight (or tomorrow morning, depending on your time zone).
Set after the fall of the Empire, Ahsoka follows the former Jedi knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.
The series stars Rosario Dawson in the title role, with Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, Diana Lee Inosanto as Morgan Elsbeth, Ivanna Sakhno as Shin Hati, Ray Stevenson as Baylan Skoll, David Tennant as Huyang, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn, with Eman Esfandi appearing as Ezra Bridger.
Kevin Kiner was announced as the series' composer.
Ahoska is written by executive producer Dave Filoni, alongside executive producers Favreau, Kennedy, Wilson, and Beck. Gilchrist is co-executive producer. The series’ directors include Filoni, Steph Green, Peter Ramsey, Jennifer Getzinger, Geeta Vasant Patel and Rick Famuyiwa.