The Manhattan Beach Police Department is investigating a theft from the set of The Mandalorian. In the same year the Star Wars franchise wraps up the iconic Skywalker saga on the big screen, the property will make its first foray into live-action television. Iron Man and Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is spearheading the series, which will be an exclusive for Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney Play. Favreau is serving as executive producer, while heavy-hitters like Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard direct episodes.
The Mandalorian is currently in production, and as has become par for the course for Lucasfilm, details remain firmly under wraps. There haven't even been any official casting announcements, with rumors about Pedro Pascal the only information to come out on that front. As a result, fans have had to check out leaked set photos to try to discover what they can while they wait for actual marketing materials. However, some weren't as patient as others and decided to get an up close look at the Mandalorian set - bringing home a souvenir in the process.
The Blast reports The Mandalorian was victim to a theft, which allegedly involved "a bunch of expensive equipment." In particular, the camera department is the area of interest, and the creative team is concerned "sensitive information" on a memory card might be out in the open. The investigation is currently underway.
Speculation is the robbery took place during the night "while the set was dark," but this is still an incredible development. Sets for high-profile productions like Star Wars are renowned for their levels of secrecy and tight security, so it's surprising equipment was whisked away. Of course, it's possible this was an inside job and a member of the crew ran off with the materials after wrapping up a work day, so it'll be interesting to see what the results of the investigation are. Needless to say, The Mandalorian will be upping their levels of surveillance to ensure something like this does not happen again during the remainder of filming.
An argument can be made Lucasfilm would have been better off if props went missing. Whatever that "sensitive information" is, it's bound to include spoilers for The Mandalorian. As mentioned above, Lucasfilm - even for them - has been extremely tight-knit when it comes to unveiling details, only releasing a vague synopsis and a single still image. They obviously have a very deliberate strategy for promotion, and a stolen memory card could throw a monkey wrench in those plans. It may only be a matter of time before its contents appear online, where they can be downloaded and dissected by eager fans before Disney pulls it. Perhaps to get the jump on a leak, Lucasfilm will doll out some more Mandalorian materials in the near future.
Source: The Blast