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Published On: Sat, Jul 27th, 2019

‘The Mandalorian’: George Lucas advice, casting details, early footage

As Disney Plus+ news will certainly drop at D23, let’s catch up on The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off set to debut on the new steaming service as part of the big ramp up.

Series creator Jon Favreau recently spoke with with GQ Middle East (via Uproxx about the conversation he had with George Lucas, getting a bit of advice on the new project, long viewed as a Boba Fett spin-off.

“We had a long talk with each other. One thing he said to me was, ‘Remember, Jon, the real audience for all stories and all myths is the kids that are coming of age,’ because he’s really a Joseph Campbell adherent.”

Lucas has always maintained that it’s important to keep them in mind when crafting the story. Favreau further elaborated on this idea: “We enjoy the stories as adults, but really, storytelling is about imparting the wisdom of the previous generations on to the children who are becoming adults, and giving them a context for how to behave and how to learn the lessons of the past without making the mistakes on their own. That’s the hope, that you can teach them how to avoid all the hardship but garner all the wisdom.”

For Favreau, it is a project of passion, revealing to Collider that he actually wrote scripts for the first season before he was officially hired for the gig, and is currently in the middle of writing Season 2.

“I keep getting pulled deeper into the orbit of Disney, but fortunately the stuff that Disney’s working on is the stuff that I love. I wanted to do a Star Wars TV show like The Mandalorian and pitched it to them and they were very open to it. I even wrote four episodes before I even was hired to do it because I was excited as a fan to see what these stories might be and see if they were interested in doing what I was interested in, which they were. And I was actually writing Season 2 this morning before I came here.”

Favreau teased some footage at Star Wars Celebration, confirming that the show is set about five years after The Empire Strikes Back, check that out below.

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will voice the android bounty hunter like, IG-88, IG-11 – check out the teaser poster below.

The 8-episode season will center around a “lone gunfighter,” per Favreau, but NOT Boba Fett, who operates in the far reaches of the galaxy, outside of the New Republic’s reach.

At Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April, Pascal repeated the talking point that the Mandalorian is “a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy,” said Pascal. “Some might say he has questionable moral character.”

Carano revealed at Star Wars Celebration that she will play an ex-rebel shock trooper and Weathers plays Greef Carga.

“He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers revealed at Star Wars Celebration. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”

Esposito plays an Imperial officer (or possibly a former Imperial, given the show’s timeframe), Herzog’s character is some sort of crime boss and Abtahi’s is a doctor.

Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Bryce Dallas Howard (star of Jurassic World) will each direct an episode.

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