Lucasfilm have officially given fans a first look at The Mandalorian as production on the television series developed exclusively for the still-untitled Disney Streaming Service has begun. In addition, they have revealed five of the directors attached to work on the project, many of whom have a great deal of experience with working on the franchise.
The first look at the series has been revealed online, featuring what appears to be the titular character in a suit of Mandalorian armor:
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According to the official Star Wars website, production on the series has officially began, with several prominent directors from movies and television alike taking part in the project:
“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. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for updates.”
Rumors have indicated that Dave Filoni may be directing two episodes instead of one, and that Alan Taylor may potentially be in the running to direct an episode as well. It would not be surprising to hear that Jon Favreau might get behind the camera as a director for this project (as earlier rumors suggested that he’ll be handling the season finale), but the press release doesn’t indicate that this is the case (at least for now). There is no confirmation that the series will be eight or ten episodes, as reporting on the episode count has raised questions about the number of episodes the initial season of this series will air.
More information can be seen on a special edition of The Star Wars Show:
As of right now, no information on the show’s cast is available. However, with the speed at which this show is moving forward, we can presume that a cast reveal of the show’s major players won’t be too far behind. This is incredibly exciting to see unfold and we can’t wait to see more!