Production on Jon Favreau's Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian, has wrapped. In addition to concluding the Skywalker saga on the big screen, this year sees the galaxy far, far away take its first steps into the realm of live-action television. Disney is launching streaming service Disney Plus by the end of 2019, and they're making sure they have fresh Star Wars content to attract subscribers. First out of the gate is The Mandalorian, a series set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens that follows a lone gunman type (played by Pedro Pascal).
Lucasfilm has recruited an abundance of big name talent behind and in front of the camera for The Mandalorian. In addition to Pascal, the cast includes big names such as Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers. Episodes were directed by the likes of Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dave Filoni, and others. All in all, it's a very exciting project that fans can't wait to see. There's not much in the way of Mandalorian marketing materials right now, but that'll likely change in the near future because the show has taken another step towards completion.
According to The Wrap, production on The Mandalorian is now complete. No other details were unveiled at this time.
Earlier this month, Mandalorian crew members shared (now-deleted) posts on social media suggesting filming on the show had wrapped, but now the news is official. As the team moves on to post-production, it probably won't be much longer until viewers get a taste of what's in store. Star Wars Celebration takes place in April, and while nothing's been confirmed yet, it stand reason to believe The Mandalorian will be a centerpiece of the convention with a panel to showcase footage and more information. No release date has been announced yet, but with Mandalorian tie-in merchandise hitting store shelves during Triple Force Friday this October, it'll likely premiere in the fall or winter, around the time Episode IX debuts in theaters.
Lucasfilm has some big plans for live-action TV, as they've also announced a Cassian Andor prequel series and are rumored to be developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi show for Disney Plus. With Star Wars movies reportedly going on a slowdown after Episode IX comes out, there will be a lot riding on this crop of shows, as they'll be the franchise's primary meal ticket moving forward. Lucasfilm is still developing film trilogies from Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, but it's unknown when those will premiere. Hopefully The Mandalorian is able to take the torch and be entertaining and compelling, keeping interest in Star Wars alive during the big screen hiatus.
Source: The Wrap