Jon Favreau has released a new set picture from The Mandalorian. The new image is of a weapon that is immediately recognizable to most hardcore Star Wars fans who are familiar with the quirky Star Wars Holiday Special. Now that the show is in production, Jon Favreau has been giving us little, and big, teases from the set, including our first look at the title character in all of his glory. The show takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens.
The weapon that Jon Favreau shared from the set of The Mandalorian is called Amban phase-pulse blaster, and it was first shown in the animated segment of the Star Wars Holiday Special, featuring Boba Fett. It's a pretty cool nod to a holiday special that has been deemed not so cool for decades. Favreau may reach even further into the special to see if he can pull anything else out to make hardcore fans happy. The director also teased a connection to The Empire Strikes Back with an image of a device that Willrow Hood, a background character, can be seen holding in as he leaves Cloud City.
Stormtroopers were recently spotted on the set of The Mandalorian as well. The show takes place several years after the Battle of Endor, which makes the sight of Stormtroopers a curious one and leads to questions as to how and when exactly the Empire crumbled. Whatever the case may be, Star Wars fans will more than likely be pretty happy to see them back. However, the iconic helmets are not shown in any of the images, so these characters might not even be from the Empire to begin with.
The Mandalorian is going to be one of the key selling points for Disney's upcoming streaming service and will premiere sometime in 2019. A firm release date has not yet been announced, which makes sense since filming just started last week. Jon Favreau seems very excited to be taking part in the Star Wars universe and will hopefully keep sending out social media teases for the series like Ron Howard did during the production of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The directors for The Mandalorian were officially announced earlier this week and they include Dave Filoni, who will direct the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Bryce Dallas Howard. It has been rumored that the series will cost Disney $100 million to produce, which comes out to $10 million per episode. That's a hefty price tag, but it looks like the show is going to be pretty awesome with such a big budget and so much talent behind it. While we wait for release date new, you can check out the new weapon from the Star Wars Holiday Special and other images below, provided by Jon Favreau's Instagram account.