Star Wars and Star Trek both have “star” in the name, but they could not be more different. Star Wars has long been described as a fantasy epic that just happens to take place in a galaxy far, far away, while Trek is based in more “hard” science fiction, and explores Gene Roddenberry’s hopeful vision for mankind. And just as fans of each series don’t usually mix, actors don’t normally cross over. Simon Pegg, who played Scotty in director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies and Unkar Plutt in Abrams’ The Force Awakens, is the rare exception.
But he doesn’t have to be. Rosario Dawson will soon be joining the Star Wars universe by playing fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano in the second season of The Mandalorian on Disney+. She’s also keen to get on Star Trek. “The two universes, Star Trek and Star Wars. I get in those two, I’m telling you, man, that’s it,” Dawson told Variety. “I will just retire. And then I can just concentrate on going to school and running for office. That would be it.”
Specifically, Dawson would be keen to play Q, an omnipotent being who appears on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. In those appearances, Q is played by John de Lancie, but Q is also the name for his race, so Dawson could play another member, or another version of the same character; things get fluid when you’re dealing with inter-dimensional beings. “I mean it would be great ‘cause then I could jump on ‘Discovery.’ I could be on ‘Picard.’ I just want to be with Jean-Luc Picard,” Dawson said. She obviously knows her Trek.
As far as playing Ahsoka goes, Dawson is careful not to officially confirm her involvement…but c’mon, it feels like a given at this point. “That’s not confirmed yet but when that happens, I will be very happy,” she said, coming ever so close to just admitting it. “I’m very excited for that to be confirmed at some point.” We bet you are.
In other Mandalorian news, That Hashtag Show is reporting that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen will return for the second season. In season 1, she played an assassin named Fennec Shand who tried to take out Mando and his one-off partner Toro Calican (Jake Cannavale) on the planet of Tatooine. She failed and ended up dead…
Or so we thought! In the final moments of the episode, Shand’s body was approached by a mysterious figure, and that’s the last we saw of her. Apparently, Disney has plans.
The Mandalorian season 2 is set to debut on Disney+ in October, although with so many shows and movies getting pushed back because of the coronavirus, that’s no longer a guarantee.