The Mandalorian

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The Mandalorian
Genre
Based onStar Wars
by George Lucas
Written byJon Favreau
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)Lucasfilm
Release
Original networkDisney+

The Mandalorian is an upcoming American space opera web television series that is scheduled to premiere on Disney+. Set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas, the series will take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens. Jon Favreau serves as writer, creator, and showrunner for the series, and will executive produce alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.

Premise[edit]

The Mandalorian takes place "after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order" and follows "a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

In February 2010, details were released about a potential live-action Star Wars television series being developed by George Lucas. The series was described as "gritty and dark" and was expected to feature both minor characters and more major ones including Boba Fett, C-3PO, and Emperor Palpatine. Lucas described the series at the time saying, "It's [a] lot more talky. It's more of what I would call a soap opera with a bunch of personal dramas in it. It's not really based on action-adventure films from the '30s—it's actually more based on film noir movies from the '40s!"[3]

In June 2012, further details regarding the series were released by executive producer Rick McCallum in an interview with Den of Geek where he revealed that the series had been in development since early 2009 and that over 50 scripts had been produced in ensuing years. He explained that most of the scripts were in their second drafts but, due to their complex content, were currently financially prohibitive to produce.[4]

In January 2013, following the sale of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company in December 2012, then-president of the ABC television network Paul Lee spoke to the current status of the series commenting that "We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet. We haven’t even sat down with them. We’re going to look at [the live-action series], we’re going to look at all of them, and see what’s right. We weren’t able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It’s definitely going to be part of the conversation." It was further clarified that Ronald D. Moore had written some of the series' scripts and that extensive art work including character designs, costume designs, and set designs had been developed by concept artists and designers at the design studio of Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. At the time, the creative team had been closely supervised by McCallum and Lucas.[5]

In June 2014, more details regarding the Lucas-produced series were revealed such as that series had reportedly been called Star Wars: Underworld, that additional writers had included Louise Fox and Stephen Scaia, and that the series would have depicted unseen moments from the franchise such as when Han Solo first met Chewbacca and when Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon.[6][7]

In December 2015, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the company was still exploring their options with the material that had been produced for the series saying, "No. No, interestingly enough, thats an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he developed is something we very much would like to explore...So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to."[8] In January 2016, then-ABC president Lee gave an update on the status Lucasfilm's plans for a live-action Star Wars television series saying, "they are focused on their movies."[9] Though the following August, following Lee's replacement with Channing Dungey as ABC president, it was revealed during the annual Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour by Dungey that they were "The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming."[10] However a month later, Disney–ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood clarified the state of development of a potential live-action series saying, "Somewhere we hope in a galaxy not too far away there will be a television show that will air on one of our networks. But I wouldn't get anybody's hopes up too high. They have a lot of movies to make between now and then. We are deep into a very productive relationship with Lucasfilm making [Disney XD's] Star Wars Rebels. And we are in ongoing conversations with them on what is the next Star Wars animated show."[11]

Development[edit]

On November 9, 2017, it was announced that Disney and Lucasfilm were developing a new live-action Star Wars television series for Disney's then-unnamed upcoming streaming service. The announcement was made by Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger while on a quarterly earnings call with investors.[12][13]

On February 6, 2018, it was reported that Iger had revealed during another financial report conference call with investors that multiple Star Wars live-action series were actually in development by Disney saying, "We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app. We've mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn't completely closed, we can't be specific about that. I think you'll find the level of talent … on the television front will be rather significant as well."[14]

On March 8, 2018, it was announced that the forthcoming series would be written and executive produced by Jon Favreau.[15] On May 10, 2018, Favreau confirmed on the red carpet at the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story that the series would be set three years after the end of the film Return of the Jedi, and that half of the scripts for the first season had been completed.[16][17] On August 5, 2018, it was reported that the series had been budgeted around $100 million dollars for 10 episodes.[18] On October 3, 2018, it was announced that the series had been titled The Mandalorian and the show's central premise was revealed.[1][19] The following day, it was revealed that additional executive producers would include Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson with Karen Gilchrist acting as a co-executive producer. Filoni was also expected to direct the series' first episode with additional directors including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.[20]

Casting[edit]

In November 2018, it was announced that Pedro Pascal, and Gina Carano had been cast in starring roles.[21][22][23][24] In December 2018, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte joined the cast in leading roles.[2]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series reportedly began during the first week of October 2018 in Southern California.[25][26][27] On October 19, 2018, George Lucas visited the set of the series as a birthday surprise for Favreau.[28] On October 25, 2018, it was reported that police were investigating the grand theft of several unspecified items from The Mandalorian's set at the Manhattan Beach Studios campus in Manhattan Beach, California.[29][30]

Marketing[edit]

On October 4, 2018, the first promotional image from the series was released, featuring a Mandalorian with a rifle.[20] About a week later, Favreau released a photo through his official Instagram account featuring a rifle with a two-pronged barrel, an apparent callback to Boba Fett's weapon in The Star Wars Holiday Special.[31][32]

References[edit]

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