Cast of ‘Ahsoka’ Shares Heartfelt Tributes to the Late Ray Stevenson

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‘Star Wars’ fans were surprised in May by the sudden passing of Ray Stevenson, just a few months before the ‘Ahsoka’ series was set to be released. Stevenson played Baylan Skoll, a crucial character in the show. After his final appearance, the cast of the latest ‘Star Wars’ series on Disney+ shared a heartfelt tribute for the late actor.

Ivanna Sakhno, who plays Baylan’s apprentice in the series, shared her thoughts on Instagram. She posted a meaningful message with an image from Norse mythology showing Skoll and Hati, the big wolves linked to chasing the sun and the moon. Some people think that Dave Filoni got the names of the original characters from this mythology.

The remaining cast members also used the opportunity to say goodbye to Ray following what was his last scene in the show, with Rosario Dawson stating, “Grateful for you always Ray. Thank you for deepening and enriching every moment. You will forever inspire.”

Diana Lee Inosanto, the actor who played Morgan Elsbeth, wrote: “To Ray, our ‘Poetry in Motion,’ May we always be reminded of you when we look to the stars.”

Stevenson died on May 21, 2023, just a few days shy of turning 59. The cause of his death is undisclosed, but he was hospitalized while filming Cassino in Ischia on the Italian island of Ischia.


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Ray was celebrated for his extensive acting career spanning many years. He gained fame among MCU enthusiasts for portraying Volstagg and made significant contributions to popular shows such as ‘Vikings,’ ‘Black Sails,’ ‘Dexter,’ and the ‘Star Wars’ animated series. Some of his notable film credits include ‘The Book of Eli,’ the ‘Thor’ movies, the ‘Divergent’ series, and ‘RRR.’

With Ray’s unexpected and premature passing, there is uncertainty about Baylan Skoll’s future in the Star Wars franchise. The character was clearly envisioned to play a more significant role, and speculation about who might step into the role is growing louder.

The finale of ‘Ahsoka’ is now streaming on Disney+.

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