Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard And More Directing The Mandalorian

Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard And More Directing The Mandalorian

The $100 million 10-episode The Mandalorian doesn't have a release date yet, but it's expected to be the flagship launch programme for Disney Play - the House of Mouse's online video streaming service - when it launches later in 2019.

Yesterday, it was announced that Disney and Lucasfilm would be shifting their efforts away from standalone Star Wars movies and towards a live-action TV series from director (and Marvel vet) Jon Favreau.

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Star Wars revealed more details about The Mandalorian, including that it is specifically set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.

In addition to Waititi and Howard, the other directors are Rick Famuyiwa (of the 2015 coming-of-age film Dope), Deborah Chow (who's helmed episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and Jessica Jones), and Dave Filoni (of the animated Clone Wars show). Moreover, "The Mandalorian" will follow its hero's adventures in the outer reaches of the galaxy-a place far from the civilized authority of the New Republic, which formed after the events of "Return of the Jedi".

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In its press release announcing the start of production, Lucasfilm announced six directors that will step behind the camera for the show's first season. The show is likely to travel to the home planet of Mandalore, but it's unclear where this photo is set. On Thursday, as per The Hollywood Reporter, we learned which directors will be handling the show's eight episodes. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.

The synopsis for the show runs thus: "After the stories of Jango and Boba Felt, another warrior emerged in the Star Wars universe". It's one of several projects in the works for the growing "Star Wars" universe at the studio.

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