To move forward, we must look back; a (TED talk favourite) proverb that applies to Disney’s Star Wars franchise strategy. Since purchasing LucasArts back in 2012, the spin-offs set outside of the Skywalker Saga find themselves somewhere on the timeline between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy – take Rogue One and Solo.
And this November, Disney is ready to tell their first Star Wars story set in the 30-year period the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy with their Disney+ TV series titled The Mandalorian.
Starring Pedro Pascal (of Narcos and Game of Thrones fame) as the titular character, the live-action show is set five years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and 25 years before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Each episode will follow the nameless bounty hunter on his journey across the outer-reaches of the galaxy. Essentially, the space cowboy is a combination of Boba Fett x Woody x Buzz.
From the planet Mandalore and the moons and planets of the Mandalore Star System, Mandalorians are a clan of humans and other species from the ‘Outer Rim’ world. They have a shared culture in which war is of utmost importance, meaning they take pride in their violent acts.
Saying this, Pascal’s Mandalorian character is being teased as a lone gunslinger with a moral compass. Perhaps he’s misunderstood :(.
In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it’s made explicitly clear that the Jango and Boba Fett are not Mandalorians. The two bounty hunters wear the Mandalorian uniform simply because it strikes fear into the eyes of their enemies.
“Boba Fett is a clone, according to Attack of the Clones, and by asking [creator George Lucas], he would say Boba Fett is not Mandalorian, not born on Mandalore. He’s more of a person indoctrinated into it, into the way of life, and gets a hold of the armour.” – Dave Filoni in conversation with Entertainment Weekly
Creator John Favreau (director of the live-action Lion King and The Jungle Book) assembled a stellar line-up of directors to direct episodes of the Disney+ show. This includes:
“I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film. Not just the first film, but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars.” – Jon Favreau in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.
The Mandalorian 4k is scheduled to stream on Disney+ from the 12th November 2019.
Unfortunately, Star Wars fans in the UK will have to wait until 2020 to watch The Mandalorian on Disney+.
— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) August 24, 2019
John Favreau has made it clear in recent interviews that The Mandalorian will focus on a brand-new side of the Star Wars universe. This means it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian. Shame.
Ludwig Göransson – the composer of the soundtracks for Black Panther, Venom and both of the Creed films – has created the score for The Mandalorian. Fingers crossed it’s as epic as the Star Wars films.
The Skywalker Saga won’t spell the end of Star Wars as Disney has confirmed their plans to continue to expand the universe post-Episode IX: ‘Rise of the Skywalker.
These are the confirmed TV series currently in the works:
Not just your average Joe, Lord Joseph William Furness – lorded by a mate for his birthday (a decision they now live to regret) – struggles to understand a world in which everyone isn’t as blunt, unemotional and sarcastic as him. His mother calls him pretentious because of his materialistic nature; whilst his father tells him that he can’t live in his own ‘dream world’ forever, but he seems to be doing pretty well so far. He plans to write for The Hook until he sees his name in shining lights – a future promised to him by his year 4 primary school teacher.