The set of the upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian has encountered some of the most wretched kind of scum and villainy in the galaxy. Jon Favreau's show has come up against a major problem, as the set has reportedly been robbed, which has, understandably, sent the people at Lucasfilm into something of a panic mode, as it looks like some of the show's secrets are now in danger of making their way out into the world. Not to mention the expense associated with what was taken.
According to a new report, which has been corroborated by local law enforcement authorities, The Mandalorian set was robbed, with expensive equipment, seemingly from the camera department missing. One of the key concerns is that a memory card, containing sensitive information related to the series, was amongst what was stolen from the set in Manhattan Beach. So, not only is some possible footage in danger of leaking online, but up to this point, Lucasfilm has been very cagey about releasing many details, having not even announced a single cast member. That is now in danger as a result of this theft.
As is understandable, the report states "all hell broke loose" following the theft, which is expected to have taken place at night when the set was dark. The police and Lucasfilm have both launched investigations, but it's possible some damage could already be done, depending what was on that memory card and whose hands it winds up in. Star Wars productions are famously secretive and the top brass at Lucasfilm is naturally going to be very upset about this. It wouldn't be surprising if people lose their jobs as a result, but determining fault will be crucial when it comes to that matter.
This is the first time ever a live-action Star Wars TV series is being produced. It's going to feature a lone gunman doing his business out in the Outer Rim after the events of Return of the Jedi and prior to The Force Awakens. Given that this is a first-of-its-kind thing with characters we've never seen before and an entirely new type of story within the franchise, one could argue that any leaks for this are even more detrimental than they might be for even something like Star Wars 9. Especially since Disney is going to use this to attract subscribers to their streaming service, which launches next year.
For now, it doesn't look like this is going to significantly halt production but the fallout from this could be serious. Jon Favreau serves as the chief creative force as executive producer and writer of the series. Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) are all on board to direct episodes of the series. The Mandalorian does not yet have a premiere date, but it's expected to arrive in late 2019. This news was first reported by The Blast.