Jon Favreau Says He Wanted THE MANDALORIAN to Have the Same Scale as STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE
A lot of Star Wars fans seem super excited about Jon Favreau’s live-action series The Mandalorian. Personally, I’m more excited for this series than I am for Star Wars: Episode IX.
For those of you wondering how Favreau approached the creation of this series, he recently explained that he was looking to capture the same scale for it as Star Wars: A New Hope. While talking to James Cameron at a recent Directors Guild of America event, Favreau said he developed the series a “low budget affair”:
“Since I wrote most of [The Mandalorian], I wrote it to fit within our volume, and in trying to keep the scale of it like the first Star Wars film, which was a relatively low-budget affair, even though the effects were spectacular.”
I can get on board with that. I like that he wanted to scale things back as he developed a solid character-driven story. At the core of any film, it’s the story that matters. Sometimes less is more, and I’m pumped up about seeing what Favreau is going to deliver.
The series stars Pedro Pascal (Narcos) as “a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” It also includes Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction).
The plot of the show is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and here’s the synopsis:
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.
It was also previously revealed the story will follow a bounty hunter who is protecting a baby that he was initially sent to kill. You can read some more details regarding that here.
The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Favreau, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Additional directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
With Star Wars Celebration this weekend, I hope that the first trailer is released! We’ll definitely get something!
The Mandalorian, which will debut on Disney+ sometime in Fall 2019.