Although much has been shown and written about Mandalorians (and their armor), there remains much mystery about their culture, history, and overall importance in Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away.
And that’s particularly so in the era between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
But showrunner Jon Favreau sought to shed some light on where some of those answers may surface when he posted the following on his personal Instagram account:
BTW: I truly appreciate the addition of the “Star Wars ellipsis” to the craw-looking post, which took an amazing week of photos and observations from MakingStarWars.net.
MSW’s Jason Ward and co. found a perfect vantage point from which to follow the doings on the live-action set, snapping several pics including Favreau (himself), actors in costume, blue screens, and a Tatooine -reminiscent city.
There was also “action” on the set, too. Jason wrote:
Finally, there was a real taste of actual exciting filming going on. While watching the action, a distinctly female voice yelled “action” and then there was a sound like several people jumping up and down on thin wooden boards, and all of a sudden there were puffs of smoke rising up from the set. It was most likely the sound of charges on the walls going off or on characters popping off. It is safe to assume these will be replaced with visual effects depicting blaster fire and explosive sounds in
post-productionwhen they Ben Burt the hell out of the show. We were hoping to be able to confirm a woman directing at least an episode of the show we’ve heard about but with the stunts involved and such, the person yelling “action” could be the director but it could also be an assistant director or a stunt director.
So we think a female director is coming…
The announcement of the name of the new Star Wars live-action show comes as three other projects hit the “Holonet” with news of their own.
On the “Star Wars Show,” hosts Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni teased the premiere of Star Wars Resistance, spoke about New York Comic Con’s “Our Star Wars Stories” panel, and ILMxLAB’s “Vader Immortal” project.
But the big story of the week (thus far), remains Favreau’s announcement.
Lucasfilm announced the series — which Favreau is writing and producing, and which will stream on Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer platform — in March. “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Favreau said at the time. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Favreau actually has some experience with Mandalorians, having voiced the character Pre Vizsla in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which is set before the original trilogy).
Favreau will write the script and serve as EP on the series.
For those completely not in the Star Wars know, Boba Fett is one of the biggest cult figures in the sci-fi cinema canon, originally introduced in Empire Strikes Back. He’s hired by Jabba the Hutt to track down Han Solo, who is in debt to the galactic gangster. Boba Fett ultimately teams with Darth Vader and corners Solo at Cloud City. George Lucas built on the character’s lore by expanding on his younger backstory in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, where we meet Fett’s father Jango, who was the prototype for a series of clone warriors.
Much has been said regarding “ugh, not another Boba Fett story” and while I understand the genesis of this sentiment, I think it’s misplaced.
There is much more to Mandalorians than a particular kind of armor, and I am very excited to see how Favreau and crew handle this era of Star Wars canon in an excellent new format.
How about you? Are you excited about Star Wars: The Mandalorian?
UPDATE: October 5, 2018
Episode Directors Announced
This story has legs. Shown walking toward the camera, wearing familiar armor, and carrying an arsenal, Star Wars: The Mandalorian (presumably) revealed a photo of its titular character late Thursday evening.
In a statement posted on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm announced:
Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! 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 the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (
Star Wars has long been rumored to hit the small screen for a live-action series. But the current production is well past the rumor phase, what with Jon Favreau seen on set and now official photos being distributed. Now, with some high-powered directors attached, MakingStarWars.net’s Jason Ward says to expect an “all killer, no filler” eight-episode run.
This is the breakdown of the directors and which episode number of the first season of The Mandalorian they will be directing for the live-action Star Wars streaming show:
- 101 Dave Filoni
- 102 Rick Famuyiwa
- 103 Deborah Chow
- 104 Bryce Dallas Howard
- 105 Dave Filoni
- 106 Rick Famuyiwa
- 107 Deborah Chow
- 108 Taika Waititi
As you can see Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa are directing two episodes each. While Jon Favreau is not directing any episodes, we have seen him around the set, and he seemed pretty involved with the work being conducted.
The diverse directing corps is very exciting, especially as Ward added, “It would not surprise me if we saw some directors from this series move into the feature films for the saga at some point.”
While we analyze the new image and list, I want to pass along the following videos from my good friends at Star Wars Explained; an excellent synopsis and breakdown.
Keep you eyes peeled on the app, as we’ll post new news as it breaks!