Having a $100 million budget to produce the first live action television series in Star Wars history is a pretty big gift in and of itself. Having the creator of Star Wars visit you, on set, on your birthday? Now that’s just pretty damn cool. That’s exactly what George Lucas did for Jon Favreau earlier this week on the set of The Mandalodian.
Yes, George Lucas himself graced Favreau with a surprise visit. That, of course, prompted the showrunner to post the photo below on Instagram almost immediately. Oh, and that guy in the middle? That’s just, you know, Dave Filoni, writer, director, and producer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
Excitement has been building for the live-action series with every piece of information that Favreau lets slip from the Disney vault of secrecy. It’s hard to say that any bit of news is more exciting than another, as there has yet to be any detail regarding the Mandalorian that’s caused any fan concern. Lucas visiting the set may give fans an even greater sense of confidence in the show, as Collider suggests.
Will George Lucas Have an Impact on The Mandalorian?
Favreau hasn’t discussed the visit, or whether Lucas will have any creative input in the series. As much as fans maligned Lucas for the prequel trilogy, he is, nevertheless, the mind behind Star Wars. Further, he worked hand in hand, day after day with Dave Filoni to create Clone Wars. Clone Wars was beyond beloved, and contained some of the best Star Wars storytelling in the saga. Now, the show is literally back by popular demand.
Further, fans of the Clone Wars have gotten another wish with The Mandalorian, too. Filoni will be directing the pilot episode. Having Filoni behind a live-action camera, however? That is only part of what is going to make this series special. To date, no cast has been *officially* announced. Nevertheless, the rumor mill already has Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal starring in the series. Add in directors like Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard (who will see action in front of the camera as well)….
Top it off with a little “Godfather of Star Wars” George Lucas influence? The Mandalorian just might give Star Wars Episode IX a run for its money as the biggest thing in Star Wars for 2019.