Live-Action Kanan Jarrus Actor Revealed for Dave Filoni’s ‘Star Wars’

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Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) and Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in 'Ahsoka'

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In a first look, the live-action actor for the Jedi Kanan Jarrus has been revealed as part of Dave Filoni’s Star Wars.

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Star Wars is currently going through quite a transformation. Following the highly-contested sequel trilogy–Disney’s first Star Wars film trilogy since its Lucasfilm acquisition in 2012–the franchise is yet to gain another live-action feature film. That’s not to say that many are not in the works. Quite the opposite, actually.

Before the surprise announcement that Jon Favreau would be bringing The Mandalorian to the big screen in the form of The Mandalorian & Grogu (2025), Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy shared that three new movies were in the works. At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, the studio head revealed upcoming films from James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

Kathleen Kennedy unveils a Star Wars shirt. Credit: Lucasfilm
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Mangold will focus on the origins of the Force in an idea similar to the “First Jedi” trilogy Game of Thrones executives D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were signed on to helm in 2018. The Dawn of the Jedi will go the furthest back in the Star Wars timeline than ever before. Weiss and Benioff recently said that they would likely not return to the franchise, opting for projects with less pre-ordained rules. As for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the director and documentarian will bring Daisy Ridley’s Rey Skywalker back for a film loosely titled New Jedi Order.

As for Dave Filoni’s film, the Lucasfilm darling will helm the crossover Mand0-Verse event, bringing together threads established in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett. Ahsoka, and likely the upcoming Skeleton Crew. This project is said to adapt Timothy Zahn’s popular novel, “Heir to the Empire” (1991), and focus on the New Republic’s war with Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).

Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) in 'Ahsoka' 1.06
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Thrawn returned for the first time since Filoni’s Star Wars Rebels series and made his live-action debut in Star Wars: Ahsoka. Created by Dave Filoni, Ahsoka saw Rosario Dawson return as Ahsoka Tano, where she was joined by Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Eman Esfandi as the Rebels and former Ghost crewmembers, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, and Jedi Ezra Bridger, respectively.

In a way, Ahsoka acted as the fifth season of Star Wars Rebels, following on from the events in the fourth season’s finale where Ezra Bridger and Thrawn vanished from the galaxy. Sadly, in setting Ahsoka in this timeline, a prominent member of the Ghost crew was missing: the Jedi Kanan Jarrus.

Kanan Jarrus blind in Star Wars Rebels
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Jarrus was killed in the Star Wars Rebels series, but fans got a glimpse of a young Jarrus–then called Caleb Dume–in the first season premiere of The Bad Batch back in 2021. However, while Kanan Jarrus was not present in Ahsoka, a first look has been shared online of the actor.

Posted to X (formerly Twitter), Daniel S. (@DanRS87) revealed a prop from the Star Wars: Ahsoka show and, in doing so, gave a clear look at the live-action Kanan Jarrus actor.

Here’s a prop from Ahsoka which is a picture of Kanan Jarrus to make it look like Freddie Prinze Jr. S/O to @WedgeDAntilles from @RefPointPodcast for sending me this and he found it on a Facebook group called Movie Props

The prop can be seen in the Ahsoka series, albeit not clearly. This close-up reveals Freddie Prinze Jr. as the live-action star behind Kanan Jarrus–the actor who voiced the character in Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Bad Batch. At one time, it was anticipated that Kanan Jarrus would appear in Ahsoka through the Force or in a flashback, but, alas, that did not come to be.

Ahsoka did, however, bring Hayden Christensen back as Anakin Skywalker for the first time since Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2022. Christensen reprised his Clone War era Anakin Skywalker, with Ahsoka confronting her former Jedi Master in the World Between Worlds.

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in 'Ahsoka'
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But the chance for Freddie Prinze Jr. to appear in live-action is not over. During the surprise announcement of The Mandalorian & Grogu, which is said to lead Lucasfilm’s upcoming film slate, the studio also revealed that Ahsoka Season 2 would be happening. It is unclear what the timeline looks like, especially as Filoni’s Mando-Verse movie is said to bring together the New Republic era in a huge climax, but it can be expected that Ahsoka Season 2 will come after The Mandalorian & Grogu. As for The Mandalorian Season 4, who knows?

Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu kneel by a ship in Season 1 of 'The Mandalorian'
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Ahsoka left audiences with Ezra Bridger finally back in the galaxy far, far away and reunited with Hera Syndulla, while Sabine Wren and Ahsoka were left trapped on the mythical planet of Peridea. Season 2 will likely explore their escape, as well as the story behind the late Ray Stevenson’s Baylan Skoll and his apprentice, Shin Hati, played by Ivanno Sakhno.

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