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Lucasfilm releases an image, title, and more for its live-action Star Wars series

(Source: arstechnica.com)

The first officially released image from <em>The Mandalorian</em>.

The first details have been revealed about Lucasfilm’s live-action Star Wars TV series.

We previously knew only that it was coming, that writer/director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book, Swingers) would executive produce, and that it would eventually air on Disney’s coming streaming video service. This week we learned the title—The Mandalorian—and Jon Favreau has posted the first image, shown above, to Instagram. Some set photos showing a Tatooine-like desert planet had leaked before, but this is the first officially released image.

Favreau also shared some details about the setting and subject of the series on Instagram. Here’s what he posted:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. 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….

In the Star Wars expanded universe, Mandalorians are a feared, interstellar warrior people who frequently become mercenaries or bounty hunters. One of the original films’ most iconic characters—Boba Fett—wore his iconic Mandalorian armor as he tracked Han Solo across the galaxy to collect a bounty from Jabba the Hutt.

Favreau previously said in an interview that the series would take place seven years after Return of the Jedi—a time period not well explored by media in the new Star Wars canon. At this time, the New Republic is at the height of its power, the First Order is deep in hiding, Leia is serving in the government, and she and Han are raising a very young Ben Solo, later to be new-trilogy-villain Kylo Ren. It’s a time of relative peace, so it makes sense to set the series on the fringes of society where crazier, more dramatic things can happen.

In addition to the image, title, and synopsis, Lucasfilm published the names of directors for the first episodes, and it’s a who’s who. Names include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (a director best known as an actor in Jurassic World), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).

We still don’t know anything about casting or when the series will premiere.

Another Star Wars project, a revival of the animated series The Clone Wars, is also slated to appear on Disney’s streaming service. We don’t know exactly when that OTT service will launch, but it’s likely to be sometime next year.

More Info: arstechnica.com

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