Star Wars will soon be crossing yet another milestone. After 10 movies, three animated TV shows, and a plethora of comics and books, the franchise will finally be getting its first live-action TV show. The next installment in everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away will be titled The Mandalorian.
What We Know So Far
The Mandalorian will be directed by none other than Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef). It will be set three years after the events of Return of the Jedi, pitting the galaxy in a sort of wild west scenario. The New Republic attempts to deal with the change in leadership, leaving certain regions in the Outer Rim to be left to their own devices. Some of the people currently attached to the project are Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow, Dave Filoni, and Rick Famuyiwa. In terms of airing date, we can look forward to fall 2019, or further, since the show is set to debut on Disney’s streaming service. Whether or not The Mandalorian will be available at launch is still unknown. The show will have 10 episodes and a total budget of $100 million, therefore about $10 million per episode. Other than that there isn’t much information readily available about The Mandalorian.
What Is A Mandalorian?
The Mandalorians are an infamous warrior culture who are known for being Jedi killers. During the Clone Wars, their culture became pacifist, to the dismay of clans who wanted to stick to the old ways and separated to pursue the Mandalorian heritage. During the reign of the Empire, most Mandalorian systems were under the rule of the Empire and those plotlines were explored during Rebels. Sabine Wren is probably the best known Mandalorian, being a cast member of Rebels and a fan favorite character. Jango and Boba Fett, while not being Mandalorians, are bounty hunters who wear the same armor as the Mandalorians. The bounty hunters led to a lot of the fame the Mandalorians know today despite not being part of this proud warrior culture.
Why Am I Excited About This Show?
Simply put, I am a huge fan of the Mandalorians. During my childhood, Boba and Jango were always characters to whom I gravitated towards, like many people, because of their cool looking armor. This led me to explore the Mandalorians on a deeper level. When I learned of the warrior culture of Jedi killers I was hooked. A non-force-using people who specialized in rivaling the Jedi was something which I found to be an interesting concept. The interest I had for this culture exponentially grew while exploring the bounty hunter storyline in the game Star Wars The Old Republic. Despite the game not being regarded in canon, a lot of the material made me fall more in love with Mandalorian culture.
Another big influence came through the TV shows. Clone Wars exploited Mandalorian culture to its full extent. Despite the first few seasons of the show being a little slow to grab my attention, the arcs involving Mandalore were always some of the best. They explore political strife between two warring viewpoints for the future of the culture. Despite loving the previously established lore, seeing this change in culture piqued my interest and brought depth to one of my favorite aspects of the Star Wars Universe. Rebels also brought more depth to the Mandalorians with the introduction of Sabine Wren who quickly became a fan favorite. It also introduced more exciting arcs involving Mandalorian culture and clan wars. Seeing another show which will explore them, but this time set after the fall of the Empire is quite an exciting prospect.
The simple mention of Mandalorians was enough to get me excited, but that is not the only reason this show got my attention. The list of names attached to the project is simply nothing short of amazing. First off, Deborah Chow worked on Jessica Jones, which is my favorite Netflix Marvel show. The way she deals with trauma and damaged characters is truly impressive. Seeing her lend her genius to a Star Wars show will add depth and complexity. Bryce Dallas Howard is also an exciting prospect. She is best known as an actress but directed a few things over the years. This might be her biggest outing as a director yet, but her creative talent is undeniable. Seeing these two names on this project has me hopeful for more women directors lending their voices to Star Wars to create something truly magical.
Dave Filoni is a veteran voice in the Star Wars universe having worked on Clone Wars and Rebels. One of the most interesting aspects is seeing Taika Waititi’s name attached. Despite not being one of my favorite MCU films, Thor: Ragnarok was beloved and acclaimed by most fans. If there’s one thing I enjoyed from that film, it was the creative audacity. There’s no denying that Waititi is a creative mastermind, so seeing him bring his intelligence to this project will be something to watch out for. Last but not least, Jon Favreau, the man behind Iron Man and Chef, two vastly different films which value beauty at their cores. His talent is undeniable, and seeing him mix up his creative juices with all the creators mentioned above will surely result in a project worth checking out.
The setting is also something vastly intriguing. Being set only a few years after Return of the Jedi, it provides an interesting setting which hasn’t been explored that much in the new canon of the expanded universe. It is also set in the Outer Rim, which provides a mysterious enough setting to give the show an edge we haven’t seen before. Honestly, I would love to see old western influences in this show. This genre would fit the theme of the Outer Rim and Mandalorians.
In conclusion, there is a lot to be excited about with this new show. I’m very hopeful, seeing as the expanded universe has been stellar since the Disney acquisition. The concept, mixed with the deep well of talent attached to the project, is a step in the right direction. In the coming months, we can expect more information to be released about The Mandalorian, which will allow us to have a clearer picture of what is ahead. The prospect of this show has me very excited for the future of Star Wars.