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Star Wars Show Reveals First Image And Confirms Thor: Ragnarok Director

The Mandalorian is now officially in production.

The live-action Star Wars TV show from Iron Man director Jon Favreau has officially started production, Disney announced today on its website.

Favreau is writing and executive producing the show, which takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi, and now Disney has also confirmed some of the directors for individual episodes. They include some very big names, including Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).

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What's more, Disney also released the first image from The Mandalorian. The picture presumably shows the unnamed "lone gunfighter" at the heart of the story. As of yet, there is no word on who is playing this character or any others in the upcoming show.

"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," reads the TV show's official description.

The program will air on Disney's new streaming service. The service launches in 2019, but it's unclear when the new Star Wars show may arrive. It is one of "several" Star Wars shows in development.

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I wonder if they'll pull a Samus out of this Mandalorian.

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@RogerioFM: Sabine Wren, perhaps?

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Disney killed Star Wars with The Last Jedi, who knows if they can ever bring it back to life.

In terms of timeline, I don't understand why there aren't more movies about the Old Republic and the time before the movies, that seems to me a far more interesting period.

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@lordomnius: I mean, I didn't like TLJ at all, but it still made a zillion dollars. And Episode 9 is going to make a zillion dollars too. Star Wars is about the furthest thing from dead.

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@Mogan: Actually, the reason that TLJ made so much money was because most movie goers didnt know how crappy it was and the reviewing journalists didn't help them as they gave the movie high grades even as the user reviews on sites like rotten tomatoes where extremely low.

But though TLJ still made a lot of money, the damage to the brand was definatly done, as witnessed by the huge flop that was Solo. To give you an example how bad solo was doing, it made considerably less money then Warcraft did, and warcraft is generally considered a huge flop.

Star Wars fans went to TLJ en masse, and they didn't like it, and they showed their dismay by staying home when Solo got launched, a movie that measured by the popularity of the Han Solo character should have been a huge success.

My prediction, unless they turn the story and excecution around in the last movie, episode 9 will also be a flop.

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@lordomnius: I might be an outlier. TLJ is my second or third favorite Star Wars movie, despite the obvious flaws because I liked so much the chemistry between Rey and Ren and the suspense of the whole throne room sequence. I think super fans of the movies find it hard to take all the missteps but most of the total audience are casual like me and we aren't bothering to review the movies on RT or discuss it much on message boards.

Despite enjoying TLJ so much, I still haven't bothered to see Solo. The trailer made it look really boring and derivative to me and lukewarm reviews didn't help either. I'll eventually see it, I'm sure, but just not in a hurry to, and it has nothing to do with TLJ.

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@lordomnius: I think you are vastly underestimating the power of a slick, expensive marketing campaign. And how many people actually seem to like The Last Jedi. That movie may have done damage to the Star Wars brand, but it still has a legion of fans. Solo tanked because it was only a few months after a real divisive Star Wars movie, while Infinity War was still in theaters, and with comparatively little marketing ahead of it. With out word of mouth saying Solo was amazing (which it wasn't), there was no way that movie was ever going to do Star Wars level numbers.

But Episode 9 isn't going to have other big Disney movies around it and is going to have a massive marketing push ahead of release. Unless it's as bad as TLJ (which seems unlikely, since Disney appears to realize they hurt the brand with that film) there's no way it wont make a ton of money.

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I guess Disney still doesn't understand, that what people like most about Star Wars, is the force and force sensitives.

But then again they completely destroyed all force lore, after the last jedi, so there's that.

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@alex33x: You are partially correct as The Last Jedi ruined the future trilogy completly for me as well. Though I will try to just ignore it as horrible fan fiction.

That being said, one of the big reasons why the Clone Wars series became as popular as it did, was because of the stories involving the clones and not just the stories with the Jedi and the Sith. While that aspect of Star Wars is of course the prime pull, there are a lot of awesome stories that can be done without Jedi.

And while I absolutely hated TLJ, I really loved Rogue One as I felt it enhanced what came before it instead of breaking it apart and destroying the old for the sake of the new. And that story did not really revolve around the Jedi at all.

So for me, as long as these shows do not directly try to tie themselves into the new trilogy, I will watch them. But the first mention or reference to any of the stupid new characters like that horrible Holdo character, then I will be out.

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@alex33x: you sound exactly like a snowflake fake fan.

1. A Mandalorian Bounty Hunter is one of the most, if not the most, beloved things in the Star Wars universe.

2. Many of the force powers in TLJ, including the infamous force projection exists in old cannon (now legends) for a fucking long time.

I'm sorry that TLJ hurt your little feeling and you have a constant need to vomit up bullshit excuses to justify your hatred for it. But I really love Star Wars so don't drag your fake ass here and make up fake shit to hurt my beloved franchise.

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@alex33x: If all you care about is .0001% of an expanded, intricate Star Wars universe, that's all well and good, but don't presume to speak for the rest of us.

If you told Star Wars geeks 20 years ago that they'd be getting a serious, Boba Fett style television show about an awesome bounty hunter set in the Star Wars universe, the deafening sound of a million pairs of pants crying out in terror before being suddenly silenced by mass excited soilage would still haunt the dreams (most likely nightmares) of fans and non fans alike for years to come.

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Aliens are yummy

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You know a guy is cool when he's got fingerless gloves on over regular gloves. : p

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I hope it's good but Mandalorian Bounty hunters are like the most generic characters in Star Wars.

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@Jigen32: well yeah but not for the general populus who have not consumed much Star Wars material besides the main films

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@Broselovestar: They can be more interesting if done right.

I mean just look at Skirata and the RC books. The RC books made them look far more interesting than what we get from other Star Wars entries (Old Mandalorian history was rather interesting too before they became a shadow of their former themselves) in my opinion.

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This would be cool if it was either not post ROTJ, or the Sequels never happened. Also Mandalorians are now pacifists thanks to Lucas, so yeah...

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@Wraith3: Well, when you are pretty much a weak force (Relative to other factions) who aren't near as powerful as in the past, becoming a pacifist government is far more likely. Reminds me of the Klingons (Though they are still rather strong) in Star Trek.

If only the Rise of the Mandalorians mod for Empire at War was canon. Would have been a far more interesting route for the Mandalorians.

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@Smosh150: If I had my way they'd be doing the Republic Commando novels. That's more interesting than the canon Mandalorians. Anyone who hasn't read those books you should pick them up!

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@Wraith3: Indeed, but I'd like to note that anyone who does pick them up, there is no finale book.

The last book in the series was cancelled, but despite that it is fantastic as Wraith3 has said and there is a brief summary of the cancelled finale:

There are spoilers in that of course, so read only when you have caught up.

Just imagine if there was a continuation of the games and followed along with the books (Delta, Omega, or the Alpha/Null ARCs, it would be incredible regardless of which one).

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@Smosh150: Yeah, but you do kind of get a general conclusion in the books from the Legacy of the Force series that Karen Traviss wrote.

I really hope the game gets a sequel at some point and that Omega would get a cameo. They don't seem too concerned about continuing any of LucasArts' SW series though...

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@Wraith3: Unfortunately so with Disney/LucasArts. RC was a real gem, one of those games that you can't forget. I still can't understand why a sequel has not been made, the only reasoning I can come up with is that it is hard to make a sequel better or on par to something so well done.

Though I do agree with you, it's just hard to read/watch/play something without an end dedicated to it.

The RC game just really deserved a sequel (I'd pay far more than the standard AAA game price just to have it made).

Star Wars just had so much potential when Legends was de-canonized (Do note that much of it was great, but Legends did get out of hand with some post-RoTJ stuff). Disney did revive some good bits like Thrawn, but there was so much more. I'm just glad they kept The Clone Wars show, that added so much great aspects to the universe (Which re-canonized Delta Squad too).

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@Wraith3: The Deathwatch arent.

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Star Wars is dead to me for at least another 3 years.

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@engropose66: SHUT THE **** UP!!!!!!!

May you suffer for eternity in Chaos!!!!

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@MurraySkull: It's a plague across just about every single GS article (And other places), I doubt flagging it will really ever have an effect even if Gamespot adds an automated spam filter in the comments section (Easy to slip past those).