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Friday, October 19, 2018

Official First Look at The Mandalorian (2019)


STAR WARS: THE  MANDALORIAN
We have new details on The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars live-action streaming series led by Jon Favreau, including the first image from the show and exciting news on episodic directors.

Plot summary: 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 Mandalorian is an upcoming American drama web television series, based on and set in the #StarWars universe created by George Lucas, that is set to premiere on the forthcoming Disney streaming service. The series is set to be written by Jon Favreau, who will also executive produce alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.
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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 (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. 

The idea of a Star Wars live action TV show goes back to at least 2005, following the premiere of The Revenge of the Sith. It wouldn't be until Disney grabbed the reins from George Lucas and greatly expanded the franchise that we'd finally get a Star Wars adventure fit for TV—or at the very least, a streaming service. 

Favreau's production is wholly separate from Lucas's, which would have been set in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant between the original and prequel trilogies. Instead, The Mandalorian will take place three years after Return of the Jedi (originally reported as 7 years but corrected to 3). 

With the fall of the Empire being so recent, the Star Wars galaxy will likely be a galactic Wild West as a very young New Republic grapples with its newfound powers. Right now the only piece of current Star Wars canon that falls within that time frame is the novel Last Shot, which details the continuing adventures of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. 

But the biggest piece of news we have about the show's plot is its name—The Mandalorian. Although a well-known piece of lore for devout Star Wars fans, Mandalorians, and their home planet Mandalore, is a relatively deep cut in the Star Wars mythos. 

In the original and prequel films, the Mandalorians are most memorably represented by Jango Fett and his clone/son Boba Fett. While not born on Mandalore, these famous bounty hunters wore Mandalorian armor, which is why the only official image from the show (very top) feels so very Fett-ian. 

Aside from the Lone Gunman and the particularly Western feel of the promo image, we're in the dark about other characters who will be in the show. But we do know who will not be in the show—anyone from previous Star Wars films. While it's possible considering the timeline that someone familiar could make an appearance, Favreau stated in an interview in May that his Star Wars show would feature "all new characters." 

Disney is working hard to get its exclusive streaming service up and running by fall 2019, and The Mandalorian is set to debut on that service. Whether it will launch with the service or arrive at a later date is uncertain. 

Long story short, we've still got quite awhile before we see Favreau's journey into the Star Wars universe, but I have a feeling many more details will flesh out The Mandalorian while we wait.

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