In this Galaxy not that long ago, Disney announced it would be creating new Star Wars TV shows that would be launched on its streaming service. This past March, it was announced the first series would be created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef, Solo: A Star Wars Story).
On Thursday, Disney announced more details about Favreau’s series including the title: The Mandalorian. This is not to be confused with the midichlorian cells found in Jedis. Here’s the synopsis that was announced by Disney:
“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.”
It’s an interesting choice for the first Star Wars TV show. Just based on the basic plot summary, it seems like this TV show (and the exclusive image released by Disney above) will be more focused on a bounty hunter like the Fetts instead of a Jedi. What’s also interesting was the decision to make clear that this “lone gunfighter” will be far from the New Republic, who take center stage in most Star Wars shows and movies that are already in existence.
By focusing on a bounty hunter and setting the show far away from Lucas Films’ current IP, Favreau and his team of writers will be able to expand the universe and create new worlds, people, dialects, and creatures of their own. This will give them tons of creative freedom that we haven’t really seen in any of the current Star Wars movies since they all revolve around the same storyline.
While specific writers haven’t been announced, Disney took the step of stating this series won’t be directed by one person and will instead feature episodic directions, just like how Game of Thrones operates. Those directors include a who’s who of top Hollywood talent: Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope). Meanwhile Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) has already been tapped to direct the pilot. Filoni will also serve as an executive producer along with Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, and Karen Gilchrist.
No other TV shows have been announced in such detail by Disney, who has already announced plenty of other Star Wars content that will be coming out after Episode IX does next year. That includes a new film trilogy from Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and a separate series of Star Wars films helmed by Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.