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Thursday, October 4, 2018

'The Mandalorian' First Look Image and Directors Revealed

A day after Jon Favreau revealed the title and premise of The Mandalorian, StarWars.com has officially announced the rest of the series' creators and released a first look image:
This image is pretty much what we'd expect from the premise: a lone Mandalorian gunfighter. We still don't know who will be playing them, and this image doesn't even confirm their gender. (Female Mandalorian armor as shown in The Clone Wars and Rebels is a little more discernibly feminine, but there could still be a woman under this helmet.)

The five episodic directors are a refreshingly diverse group:
  • Dave Filoni, revered by fans for his work on The Clone Wars and Rebels. This is his first time directing live-action. He'll be directing the first episode, and will also be producing along with Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. 
  • Deborah Chow, who has directed episodes of series like Mr. RobotJessica Jones, and Better Call Saul. She will be the first Asian person and first woman of color in general to serve as the primary director of a Star Wars project.
  • Rick Famuyiwa, best known for directing 2015's Dope. As a Nigerian American, he will be the first Black primary Star Wars director.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Solo director Ron Howard and an actress known for the Jurassic World movies. She's only directed short films before. Like Chow, she will be one of the first female Star Wars directors.
  • Taika Waititi, the biggest name on this list, known for Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and What We Do in the Shadows. He is of partial Māori descent and will be the first indigenous Star Wars director. The colorful intergalactic action he displayed in Ragnarok and the humor he brings to all his films will translate nicely to Star Wars.
Let's hope the full cast list will match the diverse and groundbreaking nature of the directors. 

What do you think of this image? What do you hope these directors bring to The Mandalorian? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Title and Premise Revealed for 'The Mandalorian,' Jon Favreau's Live-Action 'Star Wars' Series

As Making Star Wars has been consistently reporting, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars TV series is entering production this week. Favreau took to Instagram to reveal the series' title, "The Mandalorian," as well as the premise: 



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After the stories of Boba and Jango 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.... 
MSW already reported several times that Favreau's series would involve Mandalorian politics, but now it seems it'll be more about a single warrior than the whole planetary system. The titular character was rumored to be played by Game of Thrones and Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Pedro Pascal, but MSW now says that might not be the case. The full cast will undoubtedly be officially announced in the next few weeks.
It's worth noting that the titular protagonist of the series very well could (and, arguably, should) be female. The premise doesn't use any male pronouns describing the character, and the new canon has made it abundantly clear that Mandalore is a gender-equal society that values women as both warriors and leaders. Moreover, Rebels has made it canon that the Mandalore system is multiracial, so this is an opportunity for Star Wars to have its first on-screen lead of color. (Pascal, for the record, is Latino). 
The premise of a scoundrel traveling the galaxy, shooting up bars and getting involved in the galactic underworld is a very Star Wars-y one, if not especially creative or original. 

Check out MakingStarWars.net for set photos of The Mandalorian and details about who will be directing the series.

What do you think of the title and premise of The Mandalorian? Which characters would you like to see in the series? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.