The Mandalorian will explore the early days of the First Order in a galaxy far, far away. This is going to be the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series, which makes it special enough. But it's also going to take place in the time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It's a time that hasn't been explored really at all in live-action that presents some unique opportunities to producer/showrunner Jon Favreau and director/producer Dave Filoni.
Up to this point, the First Order's origins have remained somewhat mysterious. They were introduced to us in The Force Awakens. Snoke was pulling the strings and they clearly rose up over the years to take the place of the Empire. But how exactly did that come to pass? In a recent interview, Jon Favreau explained that it didn't just happen overnight and that's something this new show is going to at least touch on.
"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... So somehow, things weren't necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that."
While much of what we're going to see remains under lock and key, The Mandalorian centers on a lone gunslinger, played by Pedro Pascal, who is operating on the Outer Rim. The first trailer was revealed recently and it paints a picture of a world far removed from politics and Force users. This is going to be very unique within the Star Wars universe.
Dave Filoni is known best as the man behind The Clone Wars and Rebels animated shows. In many ways, he was kind of the heir apparent to George Lucas before Disney purchased Lucasfilm. This is Filoni's first foray into live-action. Filoni also touched on the landscape of the galaxy at this point in time, which paves the way for the First Order to potentially rise up.
"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."
Star Wars, following the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, will be moving largely to the small screen. Other live-action shows such as the Cassian Andor series and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series are also in the works for the Disney+ streaming service. The Mandalorian is set to premiere on November 12 on Disney+. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.