Just when you think that The Mandalorian couldn’t get any better, news is coming in from an interview with Collider and Giancarlo Esposito about George Lucas’ involvement with the upcoming show for Disney+.
A few months ago, we learned that George Lucas visited the set of The Mandalorian, and most of us thought that this was just George doing his thing. After all, he has visited the set of all the films since he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. This meeting might have been more than meets the eye.
Actor Giancarlo Esposito, who’s role is still a mystery in the show, mentioned that Lucas worked with Jon Favreau on the show.
“I’ve got a great costume. We got great set pieces. I’m not giving anything away because [Jon Favreau] is an artist, truly an artist. [He was] working with George Lucas on this particular piece and making it a piece that we can really relate to now in our world that we’re in. Besides the fact that there are so many Star Wars fans out there that really don’t get enough of this, finally we have a [Star Wars] piece that for the first time ever is shot outside of a London studio.”
If that wasn’t enough, Esposito named dropped George Lucas again, when praising Favreau’s willingness to work with other directors on a show he created…
“Well you know what’s cool about Mandalorian is you figure a guy who wrote it, who figured it out with George Lucas, would direct every episode. That would be all ego, right? He has amassed some incredible directors from different parts of the planet to give their take on an episode. I find that to be so phenomenal because then we have new and fresh ideas every single episode, coming into this show, that reflect the fans—because the directors are also fans. They’re from Australia, from England, from wherever you are, it reflects their take of their people on how they saw the original and how they’re going to do it as well. So you get new, fresh energy into a piece that is already energetic because of all the stuff that’s going on on the screen, because of all the technology that they’ve worked out. This is going to be a fantastic show.”
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About The Mandalorian:
The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. It stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Gina Carano (Cara Dune) and Carl Weathers (Greef Carga).