Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni Tease the Origins of the First Order will be Explored in 'The Mandalorian'

By: Dominic Jones

The era of The Mandalorian, the new live action Disney+ streaming series, is one that fans have been clamoring to see more of ever since the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII way back in 2012.  Now, as the sequel era draws to a close on the big screen, we're finally starting to go back and see the backstory of the galaxy we find in The Force Awakens, and learn how the jubilation of the end of Return of the Jedi gave way to the tyranny of the First Order.

While the focus of The Mandalorian will primarily be on the criminal underworld, and how it was impacted by the fall of the Empire, the series will also see the groundwork being laid for the eventual rise of the First Order.  This is according to a new interview Entertainment Weekly did with executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.

"What could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order?" asks Favreau. "You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along. (...) So somehow, things weren’t necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that."

Filoni also teased the ways in which The Mandalorian might explore the general sentiment towards the New Republic in certain parts of the galaxy, explaining why people may be open to the First Order, even after living through the Empire.  Drawing a comparison to the western genre, he said, "You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one."

The transition of the galaxy from the New Republic to the First Order, remains one of the most fascinating, and largely unexplored, questions of the new films.  Novels like Star Wars: Aftermath, and Star Wars: Bloodline have given us brief glimpses into the political side of these events (from an Imperial perspective in the Aftermath trilogy, and from the New Republic standpoint in Bloodline), but it sounds like The Mandalorian will show us some of the average citizen view on such issues.

The Mandalorian is set following the events of Return of the Jedi and follows the adventures of a "lone gunfighter", as he navigates the galaxy in the post-Empire/early days of the New Republic.  The series debuts on Disney+ on November 12th.  If you haven't seen the new trailer, you can check it out below,

The series debuts on November 12th on Disney+, and stars Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian, Gina Carrano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, as well as Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi in unknown roles.  The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with episodes directed by Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi.
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