The Mandalorian: First image and directors for the live action Star Wars TV series revealed
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Jon Favreau's new Star Wars TV series has started filming and with the news that cameras are rolling, the show runner has announced both the title and also a brief synopsis. LucasFilm have also released the first official image from the show along with news of the series directors - including Thor Ragnarok's Taika Waititi and the brilliant Bryce Dallas Howard.
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....
While we already had some idea of the time period through previous announcements, and there were rumours that the Mandalorians might be a focus for the series, this is the first official confirmation we have had on the actual plot and main characters.
Other than Jango and Boba Fett (the former being the template for the Clones, the latter being a pretty useless jetpack user), the Mandalorians have been front and centre in Star Wars Rebels too - with Sabine Wren being one of that series lead characters. Sabine is also known to be both alive and active in the time period of the new film; and the non-gender specific use of "gunfighter" in the synopsis leaves this open to interpretation - we'd love The Mandalorian to be a series that follows her search for Ezra Bridger - especially if it gave us a chance to see more of Ahsoka Tano too, but it is unlikely that a new live action series would be so closely tied to an animated show.
Alongside Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard the series will also feature direction from Dave Filoni for the first episode while other episodes will be handled by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope).