In a recent profile by Entertainment Weekly, Jon Favreau and the cast of the new Disney Star Wars series The Mandalorian discussed some of the details of the upcoming show. The series will be the first ever live-action Star Wars television series, and will be one of the premiere offerings on the new streaming platform Disney+.
Favreau discusses with EW his inspiration for the series, drawing on some of the more old-school Star Wars aesthetics. He lists various historical events among his influences for the series, including that of the Old West. Drawing on the precendent of old Western films may actually be rather appropriate for the Star Wars franchise, Favreau notes. “Those are also cinematic tropes in films that originally inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars.”
One important detail revealed in the EW piece is that the titular main character, played by Pedro Pascal, will be masked for much of the show. Another main character, voiced by Taika Waititi, is an assassin droid, also without a human face. Though this may pose a challenge to the show’s creators, Favreau has dealt with masked characters during his work on Iron Man, and providing emotion and expression to a faceless character is one of his strengths. “It’s amazing how many Star Wars characters are emotionally engaging that aren’t even anthropomorphic,” Favreau notes. “2-D2 is my favorite character and he barely has an eye.”
Other head creatives on The Mandalorian have also expressed their enthusiasm about the new show. Dave Filoni, who formerly wrote and produced for the Star Wars animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance, seemed positive about the show’s future. “I’ve seen a lot of Star Wars,” Filoni told EW. “And what’s most exciting to me is that I am very confident we did some things — and fans will see things — that have never been seen before.”
The Mandalorian has been confirmed for 8 episodes, and will be available November 12th on Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+. The show joins the ranks of other new Disney original productions, including an Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor. You can watch the trailer for The Mandalorian below.