Peter Ramsey is making the transition from the Spider-Verse to the Star Wars Universe.
The director, who became the first Black filmmaker to win an Oscar for the animated feature as co-director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has been tapped to direct at least one episode of Ahsoka, the latest Star Wars series being produced by Lucasfilm for Disney+, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Later this month, filming will commence in Los Angeles. The number of episodes and additional directors have yet to be confirmed. Lucasfilm has not responded.
Ahsoka is based on the fan-favorite Jedi warrior, Rosario Dawson, who first appeared in a season two episode of The Mandalorian and subsequently in The Book of Boba Fett. The character’s origins may be traced back to the realm of animation.
Plot specifics are being withheld, but the setting has been Tano travelling from one end of the galaxy to the other in quest of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a former Empire leader originally introduced in books.
The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ukrainian actress Ivanna Sakhno, and Australian thespian Natasha Liu Bordizzo, as well as Hayden Christensen reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker and Ray Stevenson as a mysterious villain.
The series is being written by Dave Filoni and executive produced by fellow Star Wars steward Jon Favreau.
Ramsey has been working his way up to live-action after initially building a reputation for himself as a storyboard artist on films like Fight Club and Men in Black, and then in animation, where he made his feature directing debut with DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians in 2012. His co-directing efforts on 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse contributed to the film’s status as a peak in the realm of animation.
He has since set up two live-action film projects, including Blood Count, a historical vampire thriller set up at Paramount, and Love in Vain, a biopic centered on Blues pioneer Robert Johnson.
Ramsey is represented by Verve and Todd Stern, an attorney.