Two months out from the premiere of “The Mandalorian,” the first live-action “Star Wars” TV series to ever be produced, and a few more details about the Disney+ service’s flagship series have emerged today.
As we know, the series takes place five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and a good twenty years or so before the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni, speaking with Entertainment Weekly this week, have confirmed that the series will explore how The First Order rose to power in the wake of the fall of the Empire:
Filoni: “This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars. You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. 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.”
Favreau: “What could happen in the thirty years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order? 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.”
The publication adds that the series intends to use elements from across the films, the animated series and the Extended Universe in its storytelling. “The Mandalorian” debuts on Disney+ on November 12th.