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Jon Favreau's Star Wars series The Mandalorian lines up big name directors, teases first look

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Oct 4, 2018

It's only been a day since Jon Favreau dropped the synopsis of his upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Favreau will write and produce the series, which is set to premiere on Disney's forthcoming streaming service, Disney Play. And now the series is starting to line up a pretty talented roster of directors to helm the individual episodes.

Five directors have been named so far by StarWars.com. The list includes Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Dave Filoni. It's quite the roster for sure, with each one potentially bringing something new and exciting to the table.

First up, Waititi made waves when he helmed Thor: Ragnarok, the third movie about the Asgardian demi-god. While the first two installments laid heavy into a kind of Shakespearean drama, Waititi injected part three with an almost electric sense of humor, making an intergalactic buddy movie that still fit snugly in the MCU canon.

While Howard has directed a handful of short films, she's been a fixture in big-budget genre lore since her portrayal of Ivy in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. Since then, she's appeared in everything from Black Mirror to the Jurassic World trilogy. Her father, Ron Howard, also directed this year's Solo: A Star Wars Story, so she's certainly no stranger to the franchise.

Chow has made a name for herself by directing episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, The Man in the High Castle, and two of the Marvel/Netflix shows, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. She's also been behind the camera for series like Better Call Saul and Snowfall, which shows she's someone who knows her way around compelling, character-based drama.

Likewise, Famuyiwa is a director and producer on Lena Waithe's The Chi, which shows his ability to navigate sprawling narratives and interconnect individual stories as part of a larger story. He also wrote and directed 2015's critically acclaimed Dope, about a nerdy kid who has trouble fitting in.

Finally, Filoni is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having directed 2008's animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He's also called the shots on episodes of the Clone Wars series Star Wars Rebels and the new series Star Wars Resistance. Per the announcement, Filoni will direct the series' first episode.

If that weren't enough, StarWars.com also released a single image from the show, which is assumed to be of the titular Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian

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While we still don't know what The Mandalorian will be specifically about, per se (although we have some ideas), wrangling together an eclectic group of skilled directors just makes us all the more excited to watch the series when it premieres sometime in late 2019 on Disney Play.

Are there any other filmmakers out there you want to see helm an episode of The Mandalorian? Let us know in the comments.


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