George Lucas may no longer be in charge of Star Wars, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to checking in on his baby from time to time. Such is the case with The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action series set within a galaxy far, far away, which kicked off production earlier this month. Now, thanks to a new behind the scenes photo shared by executive producer and writer Jon Favreau, we see Lucas hanging out on the set of the new series in a possibly revealing look at the show.
We see Jon Favreau who was celebrating his birthday with a visit from the man who gave birth to Star Wars. Favreau is beaming from ear to ear in the photo, whereas George Lucas looks willing enough to take the photo, but also looks his usual amount of grumpy. In any case, it's where the two are that may be telling. It looks very much like they are standing in a cantina of sorts. Now, is it likely this is the cantina that fans are familiar with from A New Hope where we first met Han Solo and Chewbacca on Tatooine? Probably not. But it's interesting enough to make note of.
Details regarding The Mandalorian are incredibly scarce right now, especially considering that the show is already filming. We know that the show will center on a "lone gunfighter" who does his thing in the outer rim far from the reaches of the New Republic. The series will take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and prior to The Force Awakens. It's being kept so secretive up to this point that Lucasfilm hasn't even announced a single cast member officially. Though, there was a rumor floating around that Pedro Pascal had been cast in the lead.
Back in 2012, George Lucas sold all of Lucasfilm to Disney for more than $4 billion. With that, he relinquished all creative control. Though, he still tried to inject his ideas into what became The Force Awakens. Ultimately, Disney went another way with it. Lucas seems to have mostly steered clear of the main trilogy movies so far. However, he did visit the sets of both Rogue One and Solo. So it makes sense that he would also drop by to see what's going on with The Mandalorian. This one might also sting a bit for him personally, since Lucas was trying to get his own live-action Star Wars TV series going in the early 2000s.
Whatever the result ends up being, this may very well be the most exciting Star Wars project in the works right now. Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa have all been lined up to direct episodes, with reports stating that Waititi, Howard and Jon Favreau will all have minor roles in the series as well. But again, that hasn't been confirmed by Lucasfilm just yet. The Mandalorian is set to debut on the Disney streaming service in late 2019. Be sure to check out the new photo with George Lucas from Jon Favreau's Instagram for yourself below.