Star Wars fans had their faces melted off during the latest episode of Ahsoka thanks to a young actress who’s taking Hollywood by storm: Ariana Greenblatt. After already knocking out performances in two major blockbusters, Barbie and Avengers: Infinity War, Greenblatt dropped into the galaxy far, far away with a surprise portrayal of Ahsoka during her years in The Clone Wars.
Going into Ahsoka Episode 5, “Shadow Warrior,” fans knew they were in for a treat thanks to the appearance of Hayden Christensen‘s Anakin Skywalker in the final moments of Episode 4. Not only that, but Episode 5 was getting a special theatrical release, so series creator Dave Filoni clearly had something big in store. That something was a pivotal reunion between Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka and her old master, but not in a way that fans were expecting.
As the two clashed lightsabers in the World Between Worlds, Ahsoka gets knocked back in time where she’s a padawan again fighting side-by-side with Anakin. This is where Greenblatt comes in, and she absolutely nailed the part of a young Ahsoka. Star Wars fans loved seeing the actress deliver a pitch-perfect, live-action version of The Clone Wars cartoon. Within hours of Episode 5 going live, fans already started demanding Greenblatt’s return. She was that good.
You can see some of the reactions below:
— Credits + Canon (@creditsandcanon) September 13, 2023
— Nikki Jeske (@coyotewitch) September 13, 2023
if i had a nickel for every time ariana greenblatt has played a younger version of a beloved franchise character in a reddish smoky environment, id have two nickels, BUT SHES SO GOOD pic.twitter.com/7vZUMOGZ3e
— lizzie (@lizbedumb) September 13, 2023
Live-action Clone Wars is awesome, and it works so well because Hayden Christensen is getting a chance to shine alongside Ariana Greenblatt who plays young #Ahsoka – Everything she joins is a winner (she was in Barbie and played young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War). pic.twitter.com/e1SK1UhtiM
— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) September 13, 2023
Ariana Greenblatt as young Ahsoka she freaking nailed it. Couldn’t have casted a better actress for this role! I would die happy if they ever decided to make the clone wars into a real live action series with Anakin and young Ahsoka. Please make it happen! pic.twitter.com/aI1HrWzO7J
— De Ara Torres (@dearatorres) September 13, 2023
I absolutely LOVE that Ariana Greenblatt is just everywhere! She’s definitely one to watch in Young Hollywood! She’s an amazing young actress and I can’t wait to see how she portrays Tiny Tina in the Borderlands film. #ArianaGreenblatt #Ahsoka #DisneyPlus #YoungHollywood pic.twitter.com/Y2rTEJS15D
— TeeAYE (@tora005) September 13, 2023
Ariana Greenblatt never misses I’m serious pic.twitter.com/dbjtvi6Ejq
— cam (@CameronSilas) September 13, 2023
After watching #ahsoka I need Hayden Christensen and Ariana Greenblatt to get their own Clone Wars Live Action series. My god the chemistry was just beautiful and heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/RGscee9ouj
— PeakyLOTR (@BrockMorrison19) September 13, 2023
— Brooksbutler (@BrooksButler0) September 13, 2023
Ahsoka streams new episodes Tuesday on Disney+.