Star Wars' 'The Mandalorian' promises a new adventure in a darker galaxy
James Finney | Technology Editor
Lucasfilm has officially released new images and details for the first ever live-action Star Wars TV show, “The Mandalorian.” The news came in a post on the official Star Wars website, on Oct. 4.
The story of the “The Mandalorian” will take place around seven years after the fall of the empire in “Episode VI” and will follow the travels of a “Lone Gunslinger in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,” as quoted by Lucasfilm.
Tonally, the term “Long Gunslinger” is an obvious reference to old westerns. The featured image further supports the idea that “The Mandalorian” will follow in the footsteps of western-style films, as the lone protagonist walks through a desert town with a rifle slung on their back.
It has been confirmed by the team at Lucasfilm that the Mandalorian featured in the concept art is not Jango Fett, thought the color of the armor and lack of a jetpack is also a dead give away.
Some fans have questioned if the character will be Sabine Wren from “Star Wars: Rebels,” thought the chances of that being true are also unlikely as the character in featured art appears to be a man.
Jon Favreau will be the series showrunner and main writer. Favreau is known for directing the first “Iron Man” film, and essentially setting the tone and character for the vast majority of the early MCU films.
Favreau will be joined by fellow MCU veterans Taika Waititi ("Thor: Ragnarok") and Deborah Chow ("Jessica Jones"), as well as by Rick Famuyiwa ("Dope"), Bryce Dallas Howard ("Solemates") and Dave Filoni, the showrunner for both the “Star Wars: Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” animated show.
Filoni will be directed the first episode of “The Mandalorian.” It will be his first time direction a major, live-action project.
Filoni will also be an executive producer alongside Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson.
Though there is no exact date yet, “The Mandalorian” is set to release sometime in 2019 on Disney’s new streaming platform, also dropping sometime in 2019.