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Star Wars made big news back in 2017 with the announcement that a live-action series set in that galaxy far, far away was finally happening despite signs for many years seeming to indicate that such a thing would never happen. Fans had reason to be optimistic once news broke that Jon Favreau would helm the live-action series, and Favreau has now announced the plot and title of the project. Prepare yourself for something epic and take a look!
The live-action show will be The Mandalorian! Star Wars fans may not have gotten that Boba Fett standalone movie yet to provide more canon information on the Mandalorians, but Jon Favreau will provide in the form of the live-action series! Notably, the plot of The Mandalorian (as shared by Favreau on Instagram) seems set after the time of both Jango and Boba Fett, so it won't whet the appetite of any who wanted more Boba Fett above all else. For the rest of us, there are a lot of reasons to be excited!
Interestingly, the new show's setting will place it between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, meaning that some of the action of The Mandalorian could go down concurrently with some of the action of new animated series Star Wars Resistance. The only downside of the new plot description is that it's short on any details about who this lone gunfighter will be. Star Wars Rebels fans are already undoubtedly hoping that this character will be related to Sabine Wren in some form or other.
Sabine is arguably the most prominent Mandalorian in current Star Wars canon thanks to her key role on all four seasons of Rebels, and her arc helped established why there are no Mandalorians other than Boba Fett in the original trilogy. Could she be the first Rebels original character to appear in live action? We do know that she survived at least to the end of Return of the Jedi. Whatever happens in the new series, it will reportedly cost a lot of money.
Back in August, news broke that the live-action Star Wars series would cost around $100 million for a grand total of ten episodes. It is slated for release on the Disney streaming service, so that $100 million price tag is for a kind of Disney project that hasn't really been done before, and the Marvel shows are likely to be pricy as well. We can only hope that the big budget for The Mandalorian results in a truly epic series the likes of which has never been seen before!
Only time will tell. Unfortunately, Jon Favreau did not share even a release window for the new live-action series. There's still no saying around when The Mandalorian will be available streaming. Given that the streaming service itself doesn't have a premiere date just yet, we may not want to perch on the edges of our seats waiting for The Mandalorian just yet. At least Star Wars Resistance can provide a Star Wars fix, even if it will undoubtedly be very different from Jon Favreau's upcoming series. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in Star Wars news.