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The Mandalorian May Include Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels




The Mandalorian may feature Star Wars Rebels' Sabine Wren after the character's helmet is reportedly spotted on set. Created by Jon Favreau for Disney's own streaming service, Disney Plus, the spinoff series takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and will center on a single-operating Mandalorian gunfighter (Pedro Pascal). Considering the time period where the show is set, it opens up the opportunity to bring back some notable characters from around that era, including Sabine.
One of the six new characters Dave Filoni introduced via the Disney XD prequel animated series, Sabine joined Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Zeb, and Chopper (collectively as the Ghost crew) protect Lothal from the Empire. And months after Rebels went off the air, fans may be united with the Mandalorian warrior in the brand new series.


A report from Making Star Wars suggests that Sabine may appear in The Mandalorian after her supposed helmet was spotted on the set of the offshoot. While Mandalorian helmets look similar, Sabine's easily stands out due to her customization stemming from her love of art. This rumor connects to a previous one from the same outlet about the show using cutting-edge technology that will bring down the cost of real-time visual effects, which allows it to do film-level VFX work within their budget. And it turns out, this technology is being used on Sabine's helmet.

Of course, even if it really is Sabine's helmet, it's not necessarily a confirmation that she'll make an appearance with it. However, from a narrative standpoint, it makes sense to bring Sabine in The Mandalorian - not only is she a Mandalorian warrior, but she's also once wielded the famed Darksaber before handing it to Bo-Katan in the last season of Rebels. Considering what it means to the people of Mandalore, it would be interesting to see how Sabine's contemporaries treat her knowing her history with the weapon. Additionally, given the role that she played in sparking the Rebellion that ultimately defeated the Galactic Empire, it's curious to know the legacy she and the Ghost crew left behind years after their own battles.
Bringing back Sabine at the forefront of Star Wars storytelling through The Mandalorian also gives Lucasfilm the opportunity to fulfill the promise at the end of Star Wars Rebels. Following a time-jump to past the events of Return of the Jedi, Sabine and Ahsoka went on a mission of their own. It wasn't made clear what exactly they were up to at that point or why they're seemingly separated with Hera despite constantly being in communication, but Sabine sounds determined to find Ezra. Whether or not her potential appearance in the TV spinoff leads fans to his discovery remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, however, fans won't mind if they see more of the remaining Ghost crew in future Star Wars projects.
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Nick Nolte's Role in Star Wars TV Series 'The Mandalorian' Reportedly Revealed





Ever since the announcement that Star Wars: The Mandalorian would be coming to Disney+, fans have been eager for any new information about the upcoming series.
The latest bit a news comes off the heels of some exciting casting announcements, which includes Nick Nolte (48 Hrs., Warrior). According to MakingStarWars.net, the actor’s role has been revealed, and it may surprise you…


“Several sources are saying Nick Nolte is playing an ugnaught,” the site shares. In case you’re unfamiliar, an ugnaught is a sentient humanoid that resembles a pig. You may remember catching a glimpse of these creatures hanging out on Cloud City in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
(Photo: Lucasfilm) According to the article, Nolte’s portrayal won’t be digital nor will it include the actor in any type of costume. “It doesn’t appear Nolte is performing the role on set either,” MSW explains, “Instead a new practical animatronic mask has been developed that works on voice command. So the mask which is being worn by a small woman matches Nolte’s infliction perfectly. The mask’s mouth movement is said to be phenomenal.”

Sources have also revealed that the mask is being developed by Stan Winston, the Academy Award-winning special make-up effects creator known for his work in Iron Man, the Terminatorseries, Aliens, the original Jurassic Park movies, and the first two Predator films.
Apparently, Nolte never had to step foot on The Mandalorian set. “It seems he did his entire part in just a few hours in a makeshift recording studio in a linen closet,” MSW shared.


While it’s unclear just how much we’ll be seeing Nolte’s ugnaught in the series, there are plenty of other actors who will be gracing your small screens. Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, If Beale Street Could Talk) will be leading series alongside Gina Carano (Deadpool, Fast & Furious 6), Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator), Omid Abtahi (The Hunger Games: Mockingly - Part 2, American Gods), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul, Dear White People), and Werner Herzog (director of Grizzly Man and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call).
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Jon Favreau Confirms IG-88 for 'Star Wars: The Mandalorian'



The Mandalorian is set to take the Star Wars universe into a new narrative territory, but it sounds like that will involve some old favorites as well.
Executive producer and writer Jon Favreau recently confirmed via Instagram that IG-88 will be making some sort of an appearance in the series. Favreau's post, which was captioned "Merry Christmas", showed the fan-favorite droid standing in front of a green screen.


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IG-88 possibly appearing in The Mandalorian was first reported earlier this month, when it sounded like several bounty hunters would be returning in the series.
"IG-88 has recently been seen on set, filming his close-ups, and being the star that he is on the set of The Mandalorian." Making Star Wars reported. "The old time bounty hunter isn’t just standing around either, we’ve had credible reports about blasters being fired and he’s riding speeder bikes and attacking enemies."
While it's unclear exactly what role IG-88 will have in the series, the droid joins an eclectic group of people who will be making an appearance. Pedro Pascal will star as the series' titular character, with the cast also including Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Gina Carano, Omid Abtahi, Emily Swallow, and Werner Herzog.
Favreau spoke about the new cast additions, praising their additions to the new series.
"We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to," Favreau said in a statement.
Little is known about the upcoming series, but it looks like Lucasfilm and Disney are finally starting to reveal some new information about The Mandalorian. The series synopsis confirmed the show would be set after the events of Return of the Jedi but before the rise of the First Order, teasing that it could bridge the gap to The Force Awakens.
"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," reads the synopsis.
In the announcement of the series, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy expressed her excitement at the new series, praising Favreau's contributions.

"I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," Kathleen Kennedy shared in a statement announcing the series. "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."
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‘The Mandalorian’ Director Taika Waititi Says the First ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series is Close to the Original Trilogy [TCA 2018]




Taika Waititi is one of the directors working on Disney+’s upcoming streaming series The Mandalorian, set in the world of Star Wars bounty hunters. Waititi confirmed that the first live-action Star Wars series would match the tone of the original trilogy. That required some adaptation from the comedic director of Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows, but he was happy to fall in line.

The Original Trilogy Lives

Star Wars is very different to Marvel style,” Waititi told press after a TCA panel for the What We Do In the Shadows TV series. “They know that the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to. That’s what the fans like and you can’t really disrespect it I guess is a nicer way of saying can’t put too many jokes in. There’s a bit, definitely my tone is in there, the dialogue and stuff like that.”
That’s good news for fans who might have worried a TV series could water down the movies, although nothing could be further from the original tone than the three prequels. Plus, Dave Filoni is involved and he managed consistency with his animated Star Wars shows.
Boba Fett’s Legacy

Star Wars fans have been clamoring for more Boba Fett ever since The Empire Strikes Back, or perhaps even since the Star Wars Holiday Special animated short. He was unceremoniously dismissed in the beginning of Return of the Jedi, so perhaps The Mandalorian can carry on his legacy. Pedro Pascal has been cast as a Mandalorian gunfighter and a droid bounty hunter has already been revealed.
“For most kids growing up with those films, [Boba Fett] was one of the most favorite characters, even though he’s barely in the films,” Waititi said. “Just the idea of bounty hunters, the helmets are so cool. Just getting to see characters like that and getting to shoot with them is pretty cool.”
More Stormtroopers

Jon Favreau created The Mandalorian for Disney+. Jumping into a later episode, Waititi confirmed that Favreau’s world-building was sound. He also revealed a massive Stormtrooper army scene.
“Favreau’s a genius and so smart and so good at what he does and creating these worlds,” Waititi said. “The scripts are really great. It was really fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It was every kid’s dream just to see a storm trooper. When you’re doing these scenes with like 50 or 60 of them, it’s pretty amazing. I loved it.”
Look for The Mandalorian when Disney launches Disney+ this year.
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'Star Wars: The Mandalorian' Wraps Filming

Star Wars: Episode IX is not the only thing in the franchise that wrapped production this week. Star Wars: The Mandalorian, the upcoming series from Disney+, has also finished filming its first season.
According to Super Hero News, many of the show’s crew posted about the wrap, but have since deleted the posts. The suspicion is they weren’t supposed to reveal that the first ever Star Wars live action show could potentially live to see a second season (if it does well, of course).
The new series is being helmed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) and is set to star Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) in the titular role. He will joined by actors Gina Carano (Deadpool, Fast & Furious 6), Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Jungle Book), Nick Nolte (48 Hrs., Warrior), and Werner Herzog (Jack Reacher, Metalocalypse).
The show is expected to drop sometime in 2019 and is rumored to be close in tone to the original Star Wars trilogy. One of the episodes was directed by Thor: Ragnarok director, Taika Waititi, and he dropped hints that audiences can expect the series to feel like the classics.
“Star Wars is very different to Marvel style,” he shared with press after a TCA event. “They know that the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to. That’s what the fans like and you can’t really disrespect it, I guess is a nicer way of saying, 'Can’t put too many jokes in.' There’s a bit, definitely, my tone is in there, the dialogue and stuff like that.”
In the new series, 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 travels of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Boba Fett is by far the most well-known Mandalorian and, while we don’t expect him to show up in the series given his death in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Waititi promises the new show will honor the things that people love about the universe’s bounty hunters.


“For most kids growing up with those films, [Boba Fett] was one of the most favorite characters, even though he’s barely in the films,” Waititi said. “Just the idea of bounty hunters, the helmets are so cool. Just getting to see characters like that and getting to shoot with them is pretty cool.”
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Star Wars: Pedro Pascal Is The Mandalorian... Thanks to Oscar Isaac




With details very scarce on the upcoming Disney+ series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, we finally know we have Oscar Isaac to thank for Pedro Pascal playing the titular character.
Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in the new Star Wars trilogy, took credit for Pascal taking the role in an interview with Wired as part of the press circuit for Netflix's Triple Frontier. In a Q&A session, at the 0:55 mark, right after Pascal says he is the Mandalorian, Isaac chimes in, "You're welcome. I convinced him to do it."

Now, we don't know if it's a tongue in cheek moment, but given how pivotal Isaac has become to the Star Wars mythology as this generation's fighter pilot extraordinaire along the lines of Han Solo, we won't doubt if he did whisper a thing or two in Pascal's ear to join the franchise.





What we do know is The Mandalorian is set to take place a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will focus on the title character in a time of bounty hunters cutting loose after the fall of the Empire. With filming officially wrapped, as well as an official release date, it's expected that during this year's Star Wars Celebration, which takes place April 11 to 15 in Chicago, the first trailer and official title for the movie will drop.
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First Look: Speeder Bike From ‘The Mandalorian’




Star Wars Celebration is currently underway in Chicago, and we’ll be bringing you plenty of coverage from the biggest panels over the next few days. But in the meantime, /Film’s weekend editor Ethan Anderton is on the ground checking out the show floor and just sent over some photos of a brand new speeder bike from The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV series. We’re expecting to learn more about the show this weekend, but you can take a closer look at this new prop below and see how it compares to other speeder bikes from a galaxy far, far away.

Take a look at the full-size images straight from the Celebration show floor:
Speeder Bike from The Mandalorian




Next to this screen-used prop, there’s a sign that reads:
On the rugged frontier worlds of the galaxy, vehicles like speeder bikes endure harsh elements and are overworked with little down-time for maintenance. This Mobquet Zephyr-J model has had most of its unneeded bells and whistles stripped off to be functional above all else.

Speeder Bikes Across The Galaxy

We’ve seen several speeder bikes throughout Star Wars history. Above, you can see the Imperial Aratech 74-Z that Leia commandeered during Return of the Jedi.

The BARC (Biker Advanced Recon Commando) speeder from the Clone Wars era had a slightly bulkier frame.

Darth Maul cruised around on the Bloodfin, aka the “Sith Speeder,” in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

The 614-AvA speeder bike, aka the “Lothal speeder bike”, was featured in several episodes of Star Wars: Rebels.

Since The Mandalorian takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi, it makes sense that this Mobquet Zephyr-J model would have that same used, lived-in feel as many of the original trilogy models instead of the cleaner, slicker vibe of the prequel-era bikes. To me, the Mobquet Zephry-J sort of looks like a blend of the original trilogy-era bike with the Rey’s custom speeder bike that she made for herself before the events of The Force Awakens (above).
The Mandalorian is rumored to debut later this year when Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ is unveiled to the public, but we expect to learn more specifics either later today during Disney’s investor call or this Sunday during the Mandalorian panel presentation, so stay tuned.
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‘The Mandalorian’ is Small in Scope, Which Jon Favreau Compares to Original ‘Star Wars’




When you think of Star Wars, you might automatically picture grand spectacle and galaxy-hopping adventure. But that isn’t what you should picture when you think of the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian. According to showrunner Jon Favreau, the scope of the Disney+ series is smaller; intimate, even. The best comparison, at least according to Favreau, is the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope.

Hey kids, do you like your Star Wars entertainment to be huge!? Full of massive battles made up of thousands upon thousands of clones? And star destroyers zipping about left and right, firing their big-ass blasters? Well, if so, you might want to skip The Mandalorian. During a Directors Guild of America conversation with James Cameron, Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau said he wrote the series to be more of a “low budget affair”, akin to Star Wars: A New Hope:
“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 like the sound of this. The idea of a smaller, more intimate Star Wars-based show would go a long way toward making The Mandalorian stand out. Sure, Star Wars eventually became this big, massive-scale affair. But A New Hope is relatively scaled down, especially if you watch the original version, before George Lucas went back and added a bunch of stupid looking cartoon characters in every corner of the frame.


In The Mandalorian, “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.”
The series features Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi, with episodes directed by Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow. There’s no premiere date set yet, but with a big Disney+ shareholders presentation today, and the Star Wars Celebration unfolding over the weekend, we’re bound to learn eve more about the series in the immediate future.
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Official Photos from The Mandalorian Revealed!





Straight from Star Wars Celebration comes the first official photos for The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV series ever. Check out The Mandalorian photos in the gallery below!
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.
Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy and will be joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool) who plays Cara Dune, a former Rebel Shock Trooper, having trouble re-integrating herself into society.; and Carl Weathers as Greef, a man who heads a guild of bounty hunters that hires The Mandalorian for a specific job.
Also set to star in the series are Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Nick Nolte (Affliction).
Jon Favreau serves as executive producer and showrunner for the series, DIrectors for the first season include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), who will be directing the first episode, plus Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), who will also provide the voice for bounty hunter IG-88 in the series.
The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. The live-action series will debut exclusively on Disney+ on November 12.

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THE MANDALORIAN SWCC Panel Pulls Back The Curtain On The STAR WARS Series; New Official Images Released

It doesn't look like the footage from The Mandalorian that screened at Star Wars Celebration Chicago is going to be released online, but we do have some official character stills and plenty of new details.




The Mandalorian SWCC panel is just finishing up, and while some behind-the-scenes B-roll footage and a trailer for the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series were screened for those in attendance, it doesn't look like anything is going to be released online just yet. We did get some cool new images and plenty of details on the show, however.

The Mandalorian will be set 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and before The First Order rose from the ashes of The Empire. "If you look throughout history, it's fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over," said showrunner Jon Favreau. "You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy."


Pedro Pascal plays the titular "Mando," and he describes his still unnamed character as “a bounty hunter and a gunfighter. A mysterious lone gunfighter with a questionable moral character. And he’s a badass.” He'll be joined by Gina Carano's Cara Dune (Doon?), who is an ex-Rebel Shock Trooper. "I'm a bit of a loner," Carano says of her character. "I’m having a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society."

The third member of what appears to be a team of mercenaries is Grief Carga, who is played by Rocky veteran Carl Weathers. "He's the head of this guild of bounty hunters," said Weathers. "He's looking for someone to bring a product to a client. It's worth a lot, very valuable. Guess who he finds? He finds a bounty hunter named Mandalorian … he hires this guy, sends him out there, and Mando does what needs to be done."

The trailer that screened is said to be something very special, so we'll have a full description of that later on. For now, though, check out a poster and five officially released stills featuring the show's main players.

Pedro Pascal As The Mandalorian


Gina Carano As Cara Dune


Carl Weathers As Grief Carga


The Mandalorian #2


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Everything We Learned About ‘The Mandalorian’ at the Star Wars Celebration Panel




Live-action Star Wars stories have always been on the big screen, with only animated tales getting a shot on television. Until now. The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars TV series and Disney knows this is a big deal – it’s being positioned as the flagship series for the new Disney+ streaming service. Much like how CBS used a new Star Trek show to draw people into their new subscription service, Disney and Lucasfilm know that all it takes is one great show to get people hooked…and the next chapter in a beloved franchise certainly helps get people through the door.
In case you weren’t able to attend Star Wars Celebration panel or watch the live stream of the event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about The Mandalorian, collected from the panel.


Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni: Dream Team

The panel for The Mandalorian kicked off with Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, taking the stage alongside executive producer Jon Favreau and director Dave Filoni. It was an impressive line-up: a powerful creative executive, the director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book, and the mind behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
Kennedy kicked things off by noting that Favreau is a lifelong Star Wars fan and that he brough The Mandalorian straight to her:
“When we found out that Disney+ was going to let us make TV shows, we got so excited. And Jon sat down and pitched the idea of Mandalorian. And we were so excited to bring this idea to the screen.”
Of course, she also praised Filoni, whose animated shows have kept Star Wars fandom (and Star Wars itself) fresh and interesting in the years between movies:
“We were so excited that there was an opportunity to bring this to the screen. And I get the feeling that everyone in this room knows that [Dave Filoni] is a rockstar. What can be more exciting than Dave Filoni directing live-action? So the fact that John and Dave have come together and are working together on The Mandalorian, this has been the most fun, the most exciting experience.”
And then Kennedy left the stage, letting Favreau and Filoni take control of the panel. And they proceeded to share a great deal about their new show.

A Perfect Meeting

Interestingly, Favreau and Filoni have known each other for years, even before Favreau lent his voice to a character in Star Wars Rebels. They met in 2007 at Skywalker Ranch, when Favreau was mixing Iron Man and Filoni was working on the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The ended up screening their work each other, as Favreau explained:
Dave and I meet each other at the Ranch, I was mixing Iron Man. And I brought him to the Kurosawa stage and he was the first person to ever see Iron Man. The very first test audience. And I said to him, this is awesome, and if you ever need a partner let me know.
Soon enough, Favreau mentioned that Mandalorians are his favorite Star Wars characters, so Filoni went straight to him when he needed someone to voice a new Mandalorian character on the series. And thus the seeds were planted for future collaboration.

After the Celebration

Favreau and Filoni then started sharing hard details about the series itself. The Mandalorian is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Empire has fallen and the Rebels have won, but…now what? Favreau explained:
“I had been working on this idea for a long time. Because I was thinking what happened after the end of the Empire and the celebration [died down]? Because if you look at history…What was it like until the New Republic took over? You have the survival of the fittest. It’s fun at first, but it gets really complicated quickly.”
The Mandalorian asks what kinds of characters would survive in the fallout following the destruction of a central government, with “chaos taking over in the galaxy.” In the outer rim of the galaxy, far from law and order to begin with, stories can be told. “The scum and villainy,” Favreau said, “That was the environment to tell a story, a rich tone.”
Filoni noted how this corner of the galaxy is so open to story possibilities, saying:
“It’s been 15, 16 years working on Star Wars and I’ve never seen them run out of ideas, but this area is so unique […] Star Wars has so many groups of people with so many different aspects to it, and we wanted to bring that together.”

Inspiration

Like previous Star Wars projects, Favreau and Filoni looked to classic cinema for inspiration when it came to molding the world of The Mandalorian. Naturally, they gravitated toward what inspired George Lucas in the first place. Favreau explained:
And just getting to the roots of what inspired George. The old Westerns and the samurai films, getting back to that imagery on a scale that felt like when it began, with planets that were separated and each world was different, it felt like that time in history that was so fertile for the samurai films, back when the time of Seven Samurai when the age of the warrior was starting to end, or post-Civil War in the old West, when order had to be brought to the universe. And in Mando’s world, we had talked a lot about that.

Fleshing Out the Canon

Favreau and Filoni are aware that they’re working in a universe that has fans of all ages who approach this universe from different angles. So it was vital that The Mandalorian appeal to every kind of fan. “Star Wars has so many [elements], sp we wanted something that would bring everything together,” Favreau said. That meant melding concepts, characters, and ideas from both the original trilogy and the prequels.
In a particularly exciting revelation, they noted that aspects of the old “Expanded Universe”, now relegated to “Legends” status and considered mostly non-canon, will be returning as part of the series. Said Favreau:
We wanted to bring in elements from— Star Wars has so many groups of people that like so many different aspects to it. But the idea of creating something that brings them all together. And everything from the original trilogy that I was more of a fan of when I grew up, with the prequels, and then the sequels, the Clone Wars, and even some of legends, and starting to bring some of that EU stuff back in.
And yes, the show will attempt to explain gaps in the galaxy’s history. As Favreau said:
We had talked a lot about the Jedi and Mandalorian history and also where is the Mandalorian during the original trilogy and even the prequels. So now we’re coloring in the missing tiles here.

The Mandalorian

Favreau and Filoni were then joined by cast members Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers and while they couldn’t share too many details, they did shed some light on this dark corner of the Star Wars universe.
Pascal, best known for this work in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Game of Thrones and Narcos, plays The Mandalorian, a bounty hunter and gunfighter with questionable morals. And, of course, he wears the coolest armor in the galaxy. When asked to describe his character, Pascal described him as “fantasy fulfillment”:
The Mandalorian is a mysterious, lone gunfighter from the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character. He’s in line with some of our best Westerns, some good samurai, all of the good stuff. And he’s a badass. I think [Dave] is incredibly talented. I’ve loved Star Wars so much and he’s an incredible iconic character that I get to play!
When asked about his influences, Pascal said The Mandalorian has “a lot of Clint Eastwood in him” and that he watched the films of Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa to prepare for the part. As you’d expect, Pascal has been a lifelong Star Wars fan and shared an amusing anecdote about how he learned he was going to star in the series:
“Jon asked me to come in to meet with him on ‘something Star Wars.’ I came into the room and it was wall to wall story illustrations. I was born in ’75, so I am a product of Star Wars fandom. So I was looking at it, saying ‘Who am I auditioning for? The bug?’ And they were like ‘You’re the Mandalorian.'”

Cara Dune

The Mandalorian may be the title character, but he’s not alone the Outer Rim of the galaxy. Also out there is Cara Dune, a character played by MMA fighter turned action movie badass Gina Carano. While Pascal is playing someone without a side in the fight, she is playing someone who used to have a side and now has to deal with the fact that the war is over and her side won:
“I have to say when I got this job I instantly was like oh my gosh I’m going to be part of a whole other community. My character is an ex-Rebel shock trooper….I’m a bit of a loner and I have a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society. I was blessed to work with such amazing people and have such amazing direction.”
After all, what does a soldier do when the fighting stops and they have to go home? It’s a question that many veterans in the real world face and it could prove fascinating to see it play out in the Star Wars universe.
In any case, Cara is going to get a ton of action. Favreau joked that the only person not having any fun on set was Carano’s stunt double, since the star herself was doing all of the heavy lifting. Literally. At one point she dragged a character off the battlefield after they had been injured, and she happily did the take several times.

Greef

The great Carl Weathers seemed to reveal the most about the plot of The Mandalorian when he talked about his character, Greef, who commands a team of bounty hunters and hires the title character for job. Weathers explained:
Of all the things I’ve been involved with, I don’t think anything has been on the level of this. He’s this character running this group of bounty hunters and he’s part of this guild of bounty hunters. There seem to be a lot of nefarious people, so he’s looking for someone to go after a product that’s worth a lot to a lot of people. And he finds a bounty hunter named Mandalorian. So he hires this guy and sends him out here and the Mando does what needs to be done.
Carl Weathers as the gruff leader of a team of deadly assassins and killers? Sign us up.

Footage

A sizzle reel of footage from the show and behind-the-scenes looks at the set was shown, as well as even more footage from the end of the panel. The footage has not been released online yet, but our own Ethan Anderton sent over a description of what was shown in one section straight from Star Wars Celebration:
The Mandalorian’s ship, the Razorcrest, blasts through space. He walks out on a planet different from the one seen in the opening moments of the first sizzle reel shown during the panel. He sees Gina Carano’s character Cara Dune sitting at what appears to be some sort of outdoor cantina. Mando asks, “What’s her business here?”
A series of shots has Mando sparring with Cara, trading blows until they both land flat on the ground, pistol blasters drawn and pointing at each other’s heads.
Next, Giancarlo Esposito is wearing a black cape and black Imperial armor with a small group of Death Troopers behind him. Blaster shots have riddled the small desert dwelling he stands in front off as voiceover from Werner Herzog’s character says, “The Empire has improved every planet it touches.”
We see that improvement first-hand as Giancarlo Esposito says, “Burn them out.” Suddenly a Stormtrooper with red paint accents on his armor and a flamethrower comes in and starts torching the exterior of the building.
A complete breakdown of everything was shown can be read over here.

The Directors

As with any television show, Favreau and Filoni aren’t the only ones steering the ship. A diverse team of directors were hired to helm individual episodes: Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Filoni himself. Favreau explained that there was only one rule for hiring directors on the series: “The primary prerequisite was that they had to be a fan of Star Wars and love Star Wars.”
And while all of the assembled filmmakers love Star Wars, their love stems from different backgrounds and perspectives, which feeds into the idea of this truly being a Star Wars series for fans of all kinds.

Embracing Fans of All Kinds

Although The Mandalorian is set in a very specific time and place in the Star Wars galaxy, Jon Favreau said it will be a “great way to invite people in.” He compared it to what he did with Iron Man in that it will appeal to old school fans and newcomers alike:
“For the people who have been fans for 40 years, we got a lot in there for you. But these are new characters and new stories so it’s a great way to invite more people in and get them on the merry-go-round. It’s like Iron Man where if you weren’t a fan, you can jump in, but if you’ve been a fan we got a lot of details in [there].”
And in its own way, The Mandalorian has utilized more fan involvement than any previous Star Wars project. When a large group of Stormtroopers were needed for an episode, they decided to call upon the 501st Legion, the organization of fans who dress in exact replica costumes and organize charity events that raise thousands of dollars. These men and women were ready for their close-up, as Filoni explained:
“The thing I know about Star Wars fans is that in all honesty a lot of the costumes you guys made are even better than what we see onscreen. So I had no doubts that they would look great. And they act like Stormtroopers. They know what to do.”
Amusingly, the 501st members did not know they were being called upon for an actual Star Wars shoot. But when all was said and done, their homemade armor is screen-used.

The Razorcrest is a Practical Ship

Like many Star Wars fans, the people who actually make Star Wars movies love practical effects: real sets and locations, working droids, aliens that people in costumes, and so on. But in recent years, most space sequences have been created entirely with CGI, a far cry from the practical models and special camera rigs that were used back in the original trilogy. However, Favreau and Filoni decided to do something different for The Mandalorian’s ship, named the Razorcrest:
Favreau:: Part of what made that possible is a lot of cutting edge technology, stuff I learned from Iron Man, Jungle Book, even Lion King, using all this tech and VR for planning. But Star Wars at its core has to feel practical. What was interesting was when we startd to plan, the name of the ship is the Razor Crest. It’s sort of a reflective silver old army surplus gunship. I thought we should make a miniature for my desk. The trick I learned from Guillermo del Toro, make sure you build practical props so you can have something around your house. [Dave] has nothing from Clone Wars…You can’t hang a Quicktime up in your office!
Filoni: We started talking [with ILM] about the process of building a model and there was a lot of interest in that. Then we started hearing about Jon building a model in his garage.
Favreau: It was like Star Wars club back in high school.
Naturally, the folks at ILM learned about this got involved, the result is that at least some of the splace flight sequences where shot the old fashioned way. Literally. And Favreau certainly seems pleased. “I think there’s a physicality that comes across onscreen,” he said.
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Giancarlo Esposito Talks About The Mandalorian’s New Tech & George Lucas





This past weekend at Star Wars Celebration, a few lucky fans got a closer look at the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian. However, in a recent chat with Collider, series star Giancarlo Esposito provided a bit more insight. Jon Favreau and his team used new technology used for the show, which impressed Esposito.



“Technically, this show has a new technology [that’s] never really [been] refined as much as it is right now,” explained Esposito. We’re in a place called The Volume, where we do most of our acting…where we can control the physical atmosphere of what is projected on the walls. He added that “you get a feeling that gravity is being played with. This is a show that’s gonna be really fantastic.”
Esposito then discussed how deep Favreau wanted to go with the project. And that included calling upon George Lucas.
“Jon Favreau is brilliant,” related Esposito. “[He was] working with George Lucas on this particular piece and making it a piece that we can really relate to now in our world that we’re in…Finally we have a [Star Wars] piece that for the first time ever is shot outside of a London studio.”


Additionally, Esposito shared his thoughts on the show’s directors, including Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi.
“Well, you know what’s cool about Mandalorian is you figure a guy who wrote it, who figured it out with George Lucas, would direct every episode,” said Esposito. “That would be all ego, right? He has amassed some incredible directors from different parts of the planet to give their take on an episode.”
“I find that to be so phenomenal because then we have new and fresh ideas every single episode, coming into this show, that reflect the fans – because the directors are also fans,” continued Esposito. “It reflects…how they saw the original and how they’re going to do it as well. So you get new, fresh energy into a piece that is already energetic because of all the stuff that’s going on on the screen, because of all the technology that they’ve worked out. This is going to be a fantastic show.”
The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney+ on its launch date, November 12.
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THE MANDALORIAN Star Giancarlo Esposito Hints That STAR WARS Creator George Lucas Was Involved With The Series

Giancarlo Esposito, whose role in The Mandalorian is still unknown, hinted that original Star Wars creator George Lucas worked with Jon Favreau in helping bring the upcoming live-action series to fruition.




Back in October, The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau posted some photos of George Lucas on the set of Disney's upcoming live-action series. At the time, it was thought that Lucas dropped by to wish Favreau a happy birthday, but it sounds like the original Star Wars creator may have had a bit more influence on the series than anyone had originally thought.

Giancarlo Esposito, whose role in The Mandalorian is still unknown, recently spoke to Collider, and during the interview mentioned that Lucas had actually worked with Favreau on The Mandalorian.

“I’ve got a great costume. We got great set pieces. I’m not giving anything away because [Jon Favreau] is an artist, truly an artist. [He was] working with George Lucas on this particular piece and making it a piece that we can really relate to now in our world that we’re in. Besides the fact that there are so many Star Wars fans out there that really don’t get enough of this, finally we have a [Star Wars] piece that for the first time ever is shot outside of a London studio.”
Lucas has often consulted with Star Wars directors in the past, but it sounds like he and Favreau worked fairly closely in coming up with the story for The Mandalorian. In praising Favreau's willingness to work with brilliant directors from around the world, Esposito briefly mentioned that Favreau also worked with Lucas to create the series.
“Well you know what’s cool about Mandalorian is you figure a guy who wrote it, who figured it out with George Lucas, would direct every episode. That would be all ego, right? He has amassed some incredible directors from different parts of the planet to give their take on an episode. I find that to be so phenomenal because then we have new and fresh ideas every single episode, coming into this show, that reflect the fans—because the directors are also fans. They’re from Australia, from England, from wherever you are, it reflects their take of their people on how they saw the original and how they’re going to do it as well. So you get new, fresh energy into a piece that is already energetic because of all the stuff that’s going on on the screen, because of all the technology that they’ve worked out. This is going to be a fantastic show.”
As Collider notes, Lucas was developing a live-action Star Wars television series prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney. That series obviously never came to light, but it's possible that some of his ideas could've made their way into The Mandalorian.

Elsewhere in the interview, Eposito talked about technology Favreau has used in creating The Mandalorian. The actor specifically mentioned working in a "Volume," a giant empty room filled with blue screens and tracking cameras, and The Mandalorian VFX team equipping it with a new technology that allowed for the use of physical sets within the space.
“Jon Favreau’s brilliant. Technically, this show has a new technology [that’s] never really [been] refined as much as it is right now. We’re in a place called The Volume, where we do most of our acting, where set pieces are brought in, where we can control the physical atmosphere of what is projected on the walls and control how gravity is; you get a feeling that gravity is being played with. This is a show that’s gonna be really fantastic.”
A panel for The Mandalorian was held at Star Wars Celebration earlier this month. Shown during the panel was a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel that highlighted the making of the series along with a sneak peek of the show itself - neither of which have been released online by Disney or Lucasfilm (thoughyou can find some off-screne recordings on YouTube). Still, to fully appreciate what Jon Favreau is creating with The Mandalorian, you might just want to wait for the high quality versions to be released.
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