It should absolutely go without saying, but Ray Stevenson’s talents extended well beyond villains and anti-heroes (as great as he was at playing both). Personally, I loved the fleeting moments we got with him as the God of Thunder’s bearded Asgardian companion Volstagg — basically a giant teddy bear who goes around swinging a battle axe — in the “Thor” movies. What’s more, I was decidedly put out that we didn’t get more of him before he and the other members of the Warriors Three were unceremoniously killed off during “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Indeed, Stevenson was always firmly on the same wavelength as the onscreen worlds he played in, whether that was the sleazily cartoonish universe of “Punisher: War Zone” or the comparatively realistic historical setting of “Rome.” This is also what makes him the perfect actor for “Ahsoka.” With “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” mastermind Dave Filoni serving as the show’s head writer, the series looks to straddle the line between the pulpy space opera tone of “The Mandalorian” and the sci-fi-swashbuckler-meets-spiritual-martial-arts-drama vibe of Filoni’s animated “Star Wars” series. It’s a timbre Stevenson should have little trouble hitting as one of the show’s villains. It’s only a shame the actor won’t be here to reap the fruit of his labor.
Carrie Beck echoed that sentiment, telling Total Film:
“It’s still difficult to comprehend that he will not be here to experience the outcome of his hard work. At Star Wars Celebration this past April he was so energized by the outpouring of love from the Star Wars fandom. We will all miss him terribly.”
“Ahsoka” begins streaming on Disney+ on August 23, 2023.