Star Wars TV: Taika Waititi & Bryce Dallas Howard Star in Mandalorian

From Screen Rant

Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may pull double duty with The Mandalorian, as they're both now rumored to have roles in the series. Disney is investing heavily in their upcoming streaming service. It will include new movies, original Marvel TV series, and even the first ever live-action Star Wars show. The latter will be written and produced by Jon Favreau, but he doesn't appear to be directing. It's confirmed that the series will be called The Mandalorian, and fans recently got a look at what the main character looks like, just not who's under the mask.

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While there has been casting rumors pointing to Pedro Pascal possibly headlining the series, the official announcements have, instead, focused on who will be behind the camera. Lucasfilm already announced an impressive list of directors for The Mandalorian, which includes Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Waititi, and Howard - but directing may not be the only thing the latter two are doing.

According to a new rumor from Discussing Film, Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may also have acting roles in The Mandalorian. This is just a rumor for the time being and should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. If this report is accurate, Waititi will be providing the voice of a droid in The Mandalorian, while there's no potential details on who Howard could play. Neither will be leading roles, but instead minor ones if this is confirmed.

Jon Favreau (Iron Man), who will serve as writer, producer, and showrunner for the series revealed the title and story details of the series. Taking to his Instagram, 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."

Earlier, Favreau revealed to Nerdist that the series will take place seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, effectively setting up the series as a bridge between the Original and Sequel Trilogies. The series will feature all-new characters, too.

It's news that proves to be particularly exciting for fans of the galaxy. The post-Return of the Jedi timeline remains largely unexplored since the new canon was established whereas the period between the Clone Wars and the Original has been covered almost exhaustively, with two animated series and a film. This era offers a lot of breathing room and a relatively clean slate between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens which in turn affords Favreau the space to really dig into his creative juices and explore something new and fresh.

The Mandalorian doesn't have a release date just yet but it's understood that the series will air on Disney's upcoming streaming service which is set to launch in 2019.


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