10 years following its debut, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been saved! As announced at The Clone Wars' panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the animated series will return for a 12-episode seventh season. The Clone Wars Season 7 will reunite most of the cast and crew for a brand new adventure that takes place shortly after fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order.
Back in 2013, The Clone Wars was cancelled after five seasons. However, because of the show's advanced production schedule, 13 episodes for a planned sixth season had already been completed, with the episodes premiering on Netflix in 2014 with the subtitle "The Lost Missions." Now, Season 7 will give the series a proper conclusion.
At New York Comic Con, The Clone Wars star Ashley Eckstein -- who voices Ahsoka -- spoke to CBR about the upcoming revival. She thanked fans for their consistent and continuing support, discussed showrunner Dave Filoni's role in getting the band back together and explained why the cast's recording sessions felt like "old radio dramas." She also teased Season 7's new challenges, how her approach to Ahsoka has changed and more.
CBR: How does it feel to be back?
Eckstein: Oh my gosh, it's surreal to be back! You know, [it's] the 10th anniversary and I have to say it's something that I didn't think was possible. So the fact that I can say, "Clone Wars saved" on the 10th anniversary of the show is pretty surreal.
Have you started recording yet?
We're currently recording. That's all I can say! [laughs] So it's coming to the Disney streaming service. And that's about it. But, you know, I can promise -- obviously, Dave Filoni is a part of it and he's done his best to bring back a lot of the key people that were a part of the show, pretty much all the cast members and then also some of the main crew members. The stories are incredible, the people are incredible and anything that Dave Filoni touches is going to be amazing.
We've seen Ahsoka as a young girl in Clone Wars and then as a much older woman in Rebels. How has your approach to voicing her changed now that we've kind of hit her at another age entirely?
Well, it's so funny because, after Clone Wars and when I jumped into Rebels, it was actually pretty hard for me to do Rebels Ahsoka because she was that much older and she was a whole lot more like Obi-Wan rather than Ahsoka from Clone Wars. She was more of the mentor now, the teacher, and so it took me a while to get into that role, and then now I have to go back to Clone Wars, so I have to unlearn everything that I learned and that place I went to for Rebels Ahsoka and go back to Clone Wars Ahsoka and really, I mean, this is after she walks down those steps. So, you know, she's still around the same age, so age-wise I know I can -- because I would change my voice according to her age -- so age-wise I kind of know I can get my voice back there, but she's also in a different place because she just left the Jedi Order and she's dealing with all those thoughts and emotions and questions of, like, "What happens next?"
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