The brand new Star Wars TV series created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian, may feature R5-D4 from A New Hope. Set to debut on Disney's upcoming streaming platform, Disney Plus, the series will take place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens possibly allowing fans to learn about what happened to the said droid following its debut.
Centered on a single-operating Mandalorian gunfighter, who will be played by Pedro Pascal, not much is known regarding the plot specifics for The Mandalorian. But with a staggering budget of $100 million for its first 10 episodes, fans' expectations on the project are very high. Favreau will also co-executive produce the show alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson with Karen Gilchrist. Meanwhile, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow have all been confirmed to direct succeeding episodes with Filoni helming the pilot. Pascal is joined by an ensemble cast including Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog - but their respective roles are yet to be named. While Disney and Lucasfilm continue to be mum about other information regarding the show, Favreau continues to tease fans with various social media posts - the latest one hints at the appearance of R5-D4
Taking to his official Instagram account, Favreau shared an image of R5-D4 from the set of The Mandalorian. Fans will remember the droid in Episode IV after the Jawas attempted to sell it to Owen Lars, but it intentionally malfunctioned so that R2-D2 could be picked instead. Sadly, the image doesn't reveal anything more about the involvement of the droid in the show. Regardless, the photo sparked a conversation among fans with regard to what can they expect from R5-D4's appearance. Check out the image below:
Considering the time period of The Mandalorian, it would've been several years after his initial debut in A New Hope, and his upcoming re-emergence in the Disney Plus series is surely piquing the interest of many fans. What's unclear, though, is whether or not R5-D4 will play a pivotal role in the show, or his involvement will be nothing more than a glorified cameo. That said, given how he played into the events of Episode IV, it's safe to say that he deserves to get the recognition for his sacrifice that led to the destruction of the first Death Star.
That said, given that Lucasfilm appears to be revisiting some original side characters, giving them the opportunity to shine on their own shows or movies, it won't be surprising if R5-D4 will play a pivotal role in the upcoming show. Perhaps the public will even learn what happened to it. In the canon book A Certain Point of View, the chapter titled "The Red One," written by Rae Carson provided a little bit of insight with regard to the droid's final sighting. But with the short story leaving his narrative with an open ending, fans are hoping that The Mandalorian will fill-in the gaps regarding his previous adventures.
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