It was back in March 2018 that Lucasfilm announced that there was indeed a Star Wars TV series in the works and it would be helmed by none other than Jon Favreau.
Favreau has been a Disney stalwart for over a decade now. He’s flitted between the Marvel world, directing the first two Iron Men (as well as starring in them), starred in Solo: A Star Wars movie and has been a part of the animated Clone Wars TV series. He was also chosen to direct the live-action Jungle Book. On his slate next is a live-action version of The Lion King, so his Disney bosses are keeping him very busy.
You wouldn’t think he would have time for anything else but he’s executive producing The Mandalorian and, according to StarWars.com, will be working “with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base”.
What’s The Mandalorian about?
John Favreau chose Instagram to reveal all about The Mandalorian. The plot he announced is as follows: “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before t emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far rom the authority of the New Republic….”
Note the four dot ellipsis there – something that annoys the hell out grammar folks, but definitely Star Wars canon. And that’s all we have to go on at the moment. But this hasn’t stopped rampant speculation from happening on the ol’ internet.
Credit: Disney/LucasfilmFor a start, the Mandalorian are not an unknown Star Wars entry. They are from planet Mandalore and aren’t actually mentioned by name in the movies but they are there and one of them is mighty famous.
Boba Fett (as is Jango) is from Mandalore and the planet and the people are cited a lot in what is now called the Star Wars Legends series, the rebranded Star Wars Expanded Universe stuff that doesn’t quite fit into the official canon.
Mandalorian warriors can also be seen in the superb Star Wars Rebels animated series – one of the main characters, Sabine Wren, is one – and the planet was also featured in the Clone Wars animated series with the season 5 Death Watch arc, which features none other than Darth Maul. The planet also has its very own episode called The Mandalore Plot in season 2 of The Clone Wars. Oh, and Favreau voiced Pre Vizsla who was from… Mandalore.
The finale of The Clone Wars was also meant to take place on Mandalore but then it got cancelled. But, it is being resurrected as a show, so maybe we will see it again?
All of this offers food for thought for what The Mandalorian will be about. The idea of a lone bounty hunter going from town to town after the events of Return of The Jedi (Favreau revealed to The Nerdist that it will be seven years after Episode VI) is definitely an enticing one.
IGN reckons Sabine Wren will the main character, which would tie in nicely to the ending of Star Wars Rebels (no spoilers). It also ties in nicely to who may be directing the show.
Who’s starring and directing The Mandalorian?
John Favreau is on exec producer duties which means a director for the pilot episode of the show was up for grabs. In a post on StarWars.com, it was revealed that pilot directing duties would go to someone who was already an established Star Wars guru and that is George… only joking, it’s Dave Filoni. Filoni is the man behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and will also write the recently announced Star Wars Resistance.
Credit: InstagramGiven it’s likely that Mandalorian has a Rebels tinge to it, then it makes utter sense that he would be involved. There was also a big hint recently that he was involved. You know that John Favreau posted the announcement of The Mandalorian on his Instagram? Scroll back a bit through his timeline and there is a lovely shot of him at SkyWalker ranch with, you’ve guessed it, Dave Filoni.
The other directors for the series are an eclectic bunch. They include: Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
There have been two very big casting rumors so far and, annoyingly, they haven’t been female as that would add more weight to Sabine Wren being the main character.
Pedro Pascal, from Game of Thrones and Narcos, has been heavily rumored to be involved in the show in some capacity and, more intriguingly, Werner Herzog.
The veteran director/actor recently said it was involved in something called Huckleberry and that is the codename for the Star Wars TV show, apparently. He did say it in reference to a “big film franchise” so maybe he got confused. Either way, to see Herzog in Star Wars in any capacity would be great.
It also looks like Rogue One cinematographer Greig Fraser will be involved which would be fantastic as he nailed the old-school Star Wars look in that movie.
The Mandalorian release date
The Mandalorian is filming now and there are set photo leaks to prove it, if you were to do a search on the web.
It is thought the series will be eight episodes long, which feels a little short. But if they are feature-length episodes then we won’t be complaining. According to MakingStarWars this was the amount of episodes the story needed so that’s why they are keeping it that length.
The Mandalorian release date is so far not confirmed. We are hoping, however, it’s not too far, far away… sorry.
What we do know is that it will be one of the first things available on the new Disney Play streaming service which is set to take on the might of Netflix in 2019.
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