Lucasfilm has finally announced that filming on their Star Wars series written and produced by Jon Favreau has officially started. The series titled The Mandalorian will see a diverse group of directors at the helm (as I predicted when the project was first announced). The group consists of Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni, Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa, Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi, Jessica Jones’ Deborah Chow, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
It’s interesting that when the press release only mentions Favreau as writer-producer on the project, when many assumed he’d direct the entire thing.
Below is the first full press release for the series from Lucasfilm.
Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Warsuniverse. 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 will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
Oddly enough, it doesn’t mention a cast. It’s expected that some names will trickle out over the next couple of days/weeks.
The Mandalorian is said to be ready to drop on the Disney streaming service in the fall of 2019.