Update (10/4/2018): Disney has tapped some big names to serve as directors for their upcoming live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian!
Yesterday, Jon Favreau took to Instagram to give Star Wars fans their first official details with regards to what fans can expect his new live-action series to focus on.
Now, Disney is chiming in with a list of pretty high profile names who will be coming on board to direct some of the episodes.
Variety reports that Disney has tasked Dave Filoni with directing the first episode of the series, set to be released on the studio’s upcoming online streaming platform.
Filoni is a perfect choice to direct— especially given that he’s worked on both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
Filoni isn’t the only director Disney announced. In addition, the studio also revealed that Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) will all be directing additional episodes of the series.
As we’ve known for quite some time, Favreau will serve as writer and executive producer on the series.
Check out the synopsis for The Mandalorian, revealed by Favreau just yesterday, below!
Jon Favreau’s upcoming Star Wars TV show finally has a title and a synopsis — here’s what the director had to say about The Mandalorian, coming soon to Disney’s online streaming service!
Director Jon Favreau took to Instagram on Wednesday (October 3) afternoon to reveal to Star Wars fans far and wide that the first live-action Star Wars television series will officially be called The Mandalorian.
In addition to the title, Favreau also offered up a synopsis for the series which clues us into when in the series will take place in relation to the established Star Wars time line, and also gives us a taste of who the show will focus on.
“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,” reads the synopsis. “We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…”
As we learned back in March of this year, the live action Lion King helmer will serve as writer and executive producer on The Mandalorian, which has reportedly already started filming.
Not much else is known about the upcoming show, but Favreau did tease us with a few more details earlier this summer.
Namely, the director revealed in an interview with Nerdist that the show would be making use of motion-capture to animate several new characters.
We’ll be curious to see how Favreau’s new series expands on what we already know about the vast universe George Lucas first introduced the world to back in 1977.
And of course, we’re especially looking forward to finding out more about the mysterious unnamed gunfighter that Favreau mentioned in his post!
Disney is slated to launch their new streaming platform sometime in 2019. There’s no word yet on when The Mandalorian might premiere on the new service.