The Mandalorian: First image and directors for the live action Star Wars TV series revealed

The Mandalorian (2019–)
Dir: N/A | Cast: Pedro Pascal | Writer: Jon Favreau

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).

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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