Star Wars fans think Ahsoka is a Force Unleashed crossover

Star Wars fans think Ahsoka is a Force Unleashed crossover
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Tom Chapman


6th Jun 2023 16:56

Considering the galaxy far, far away is the size of (well) a galaxy, we sure seem to run into the same people repeatedly. It's been a long critique of the Star Wars franchise that we continue to come back to Skywalkers, their friends, and foes. 

Now, the upcoming Ahsoka series has teased a potential connection to a fan-favourite video game, meaning we could finally get to see Starkiller in action. Is the Rosario Dawson-led series about to properly canonise Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Will Ahsoika give us Starkiller in live-action?

A brand-new image from Ahsoka (via Empire) shows off a mysterious figure wielding a red lightsaber. As Ahsoka is set between the events of the original and sequel trilogies, it's in a pretty sweet spot in terms of storytelling. 

The tweet asks us to guess who's beneath the helmet, with names like Barriss Offee or Mara Jade Skywalker being popular choices. A brainwashed Ezra Bridger is another solid theory, while others think it's a nobody that's generating too much hype. Still, Galen Marek is a character that keeps doing the rounds.

For those who don't know, Marek is the real name of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed's Starkiller. Appearing in LucasArts original game from 2008, Marek was Darth Vader's secret apprentice. The Starkiller character continued in the game's 2010 sequel and has also popped up in Soulcalibur IV

Although it's unclear who this figure is, it hasn't stopped the hype train. One fan wrote, "Ahsoka vs. Starkiller. Anakin's Padawan vs. Darth Vader's apprentice. I see what you're cooking Dave Filoni." Another added, "If Starkiller is going to be introduced, might as well make it happen in Ahsoka."

Not everyone was convinced though, as someone else concluded, "Funny how the new image from the Ahsoka series got Starkiller trending even though there's no way it's him..." For now, we'll stick a pin in this one and prepare to be disappointed. 

Force Unleased is already canon in Star Wars

Star Wars Force Unleashed II Starkiller
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Despite the Force Unleashed games giving some pretty wild canon retcons depending on which finale you picked, we've already had the series added to the modern canon of Star Wars. Back in episode four of Tony Gilroy's Andor, the antiquities collection of Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) included Marek's Sith Stalker armour. 

The Clone Wars and Rebels' Dave Filoni toyed with the idea of introducing Starkiller in the latter as a member of the Sith Inquisitorius but decided he couldn't do it without breaking canon. Things have changed a lot since then, and with Ahsoka being something of a Rebels sequel, now could be the time to strike.

We've seen a lot of the canned Legends canon be brought back to life following the Disney deal, with the likes of Boba Fett's survival and even Grand Admiral Thrawn being integral parts of the franchise's future. Having Sam Witwer reprise his role for live-action would be a big win, but we'll have to wait and see.

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