When it was announced that Disney was making a streaming service, people wondered what would be on offer. It turns out that Disney is launching their service with something big - the first live-action Star Wars series. As soon as Disney announced The Mandalorian, rumors started flying. At the moment, the only solid information about the series is that it’s being helmed by Jon Favreau and follows in the footsteps of a character that may be related to the notorious villain Boba Fett.
The series will be out in 2019, the same year Episode IX hits theaters. And even though Disney’s being hush-hush about the details, there’s still plenty of information about the series: we know who’s directing the show, how much the episodes cost, and even have a sneak peek at some of the actors involved.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson said his work on The Mandalorian is complete. Göransson's musical storytelling has made waves in recent years with projects like Childish Gambino's hits, "Redbone" and "This Is America," to Marvel's Black Panther and both Creed films.
“I wanted to get back to that nostalgic childhood memory I had watching Star Wars and the excitement of seeing these kind of really amazing visuals and with music that sounds like it’s coming from other planets,” Göransson said. “For any film composer, Star Wars is the holy grail of film music because it’s the most well-known music,” he said. “Period. The way I approached it was to try something completely different. The loneliness of a single solo flute. The bass recorder became the sound of the Mandalorian. That’s how I started. I wanted the core soul to be organic. Then I wanted to add a tech sound to it. And I also wanted to add on a cinematic orchestra, which makes it feel like Star Wars. ”
Director Jon Favreau described his musical vision as "a little grittier, a little edgier and a little more tech-oriented," which he said Göransson was able to incorporate with "the breath of a Star Wars' score."
Director Jon Favreau posted two pictures - one on Christmas Day 2018, the second on January 28, 2019 - showing off some droids that may look familiar to Star Wars fans who know all the deep cuts. The first is a bounty hunter droid, IG-88. This droid first appears in The Empire Strikes Back, and despite its bounty hunter status, doesn't really do much aside from add to the aesthetic.
The second droid, R5-D4, made its debut in A New Hope. Luke's Uncle Owen tries to buy the droid, but it combusts thanks to a "bad motivator." While this may not seem like a big deal to the casual fan, those who took in all the canon material, like Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View, know that this droid is anything but busted and useless. According to the short story, R2-D2 and R4-D5 have a heart-to-heart (or... bolt-to-bolt?) about R2's upcoming mission to support the Rebels. D5 knows that in order to get free, R2 has to be the one to go with Uncle Owen, so D5 implodes in an act of heroic self-sacrifice.
While we don't know whether or not these droids will simply be making cameos or adding to a larger plot, it is safe to say these two images already have fans pretty excited.
Disney is pulling out the big blasters for their first ever live-action series set in the Star Wars universe. Jon Favreau is the director who got the MCU off the ground, which means he's the right person to do the same for a galaxy far, far away. He's reportedly writing and executive producing the series, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he takes a turn in the director's chair.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced the news of Favreau's involvement in The Mandalorian, saying:
I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform. Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.
Favreau added onto Kennedy's statement, saying, "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure."
Aside from the series being called The Mandalorian, no one knows what the show will entail. But executive producer Jon Favreau has shed some light on the plot. On October 3, Favreau posted a brief synopsis of the series on Instagram, explaining that "The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the rise of the First Order."
Favreau continued, saying the series follows the escapades of a "lone gunfighter" who follows in the footsteps of Jango and Boba Fett.