We’re only a couple months out from the release of The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series that will take us back to the time period of the original trilogy.
Jon Favreau, who has his hands inside every honey pot at Disney, told THR this in an interview recently:
“There’s a certain look that the Mandalorian lead character has, there’s a size that the spaceship is, there’s a scale that lines up with the original trilogy. I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy [and] 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.”
He added that he was attracted to the project because:
“there’s an opportunity to tell a story that’s bigger than television, but you don’t have the same expectations that a big holiday release has, which to me isn’t that type of Star Wars that comes out of me. The type of Star Wars that I’m inspired to tell is a smaller thing with new characters.”
Everything Favreau is saying here makes me confident that he understands what this show needs to be. He’s seen the fan outcry from the prequels and The Last Jedi, and knows that you have to give the fans what they want, while also giving them something they didn’t know they wanted.
Favreau has played a huge role in everything Disney is making money off of right now. He kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, blew up the company’s live-action remakes of their animated classics with The Jungle Book, and now he’s going to be the first to bring Star Wars to the small screen in live-action.
It also looks like the directors on the show had a good about of creative freedom as well. Bryce Dallas Howard spoke with Screen Rant to promote the Rocketman home media release, and revealed the following:
“I really thought that I was going to just basically be like a soldier. And the reality was that both Jon and Dave wanted each of the filmmakers to very much put our stamp on everything. I was shocked, honestly. I kept telling my dad, and he was like, “Really?!“”
Oh man, Ron Howard being shocked that his daughter had creative freedom while working on The Mandalorian makes me can’t help but imagine he had absolutely none of that while working on Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The first trailer for The Mandalorian is expected to debut this weekend at D23. We’ll have that up when it comes online. You can check out the recently released poster though below.
There’s a good chance D23 will also release more details on the Star Wars series starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor. Or maybe an Obi-Wan Kenobi series will finally be announced. After all, Deadline reported that Ewan McGregor is in talks about reprising his role as the Jedi Master for a Disney+ series.
The Mandalorian premieres November 12, 2019 on Disney+. The first season will stream for eight episodes.
Are you excited to journey back to the original trilogy timeline? Do you think The Mandalorian will be the Star Wars project the fans need, but don’t necessarily deserve?