The Mandalorian is the first live action Star Wars show to hit the Earth. The series will showcase bounty hunter culture, and according to Entertainment Weekly, who interviewed showrunner Jon Favreau, and director Dave Filoni, it will also show the rise of The First Order.
The Mandalorian is set to take place five years after Return of Jedi, when the Rebellion defeated the Empire. We’ll get to see something different from what we have in the past. This is because we’ll be following Pedro Pascal’s character the Mandalorian on his journey to collect a prize. Press has started for the series, and Filoni and Favreau got to talk about the setting of the show.
“This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars. You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.” – Filoni
“Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order? You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along.” -Favreau
Filoni agreed with Favreau, and Favreau added another comment on how things ended up in hot water again. But they are right, The First Order does seem really put together in the sequel trilogy. But the start of The First Order actually occurred about four years before The Mandalorian started, with Grand Admiral Rae Sloane in Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig. This series will most likely explore some former Empire members joining her in the Unknown Regions, building forces. Starkiller Base plans could take shape in this series as well. There is a lot of hope we will see Sloane in The Mandalorian, but as of yet an actor is not on the roster that follows her description. Favreau and Filoni focused on the equipped part, so I can see forces and weapons being built up. Maybe a couple mentions of some key characters from the novels.
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The Mandalorian starts streaming on November 12th.
The show stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahl, Werner Herzog, and Ming-Na Wen.