We’ve known for awhile that Iron Man director Jon Favreau is writing and executive producing a new live-action Star Wars TV show, but what that show will actually be about has been anyone’s guess.
Fortunately, Disney has finally lifted the veil and revealed that Favreau’s show is called The Mandalorian. Here’s a brief description from Favreau himself:
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.
Favreau made the announcement on Instagram and while he didn’t include any kind of fancy behind-the-scenes photo showing off what this long gunfighter will look like, he did the next best thing:
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The Mandalorian certainly sounds like a cool, if a bit obvious idea for a Star Wars TV show. While it won’t be about Boba Fett directly, Favreau’s description references both Fett and his father Jango before anything else, so it’s clear that The Mandalorian will engage with the legacies of both characters in some capacity (I will not be at all surprised if the lead character’s design bears more than a striking resemblance to Jango or Boba).
Much more interesting is the time period, as the show will theoretically help fill in more of the gaps between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Everything else is speculation at this point, but it is interesting that Favreau’s post doesn’t mention a gender for the lead role, so we could have a male or female lead on our hands here.