It seems like just yesterday when the first details of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars show to air on Disney’s streaming service Disney Play, were revealed. Though Pablo Pascal and Werner Herzog have been rumored to have roles, we now know who will be directing episodes.
A new report confirms that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star Bryce Dallas Howard, and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa have all been tapped to direct episodes of The Mandalorian, which follows “the travails of a lone gunfighter Mandorlian.” More on the report below.
In addition to the aforementioned names, THR says Deborah Chow and Dave Filoni will direct episodes of the first season, which is said to run at least eight episodes.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the 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.”
Filoni is best known for being the creative mind behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels animated series. Both expanded the Star Wars universe and were hits with fans and audiences alike.
Waititi is best known for being the director of Thor: Ragnarok. The third Thor film is considered to be one of the best of the hero’s standalone movies. He’s currently putting the finishing touches on Jojo Rabbit, a satirical history piece that sees him playing Adolf Hitler.
Bryce Dallas Howard has acted in a variety of films ranging from The Help and Pete’s Dragon to Jurassic World and its sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This would be one of her first major directorial efforts. Her father, Ron Howard, directed Solo: A Star Wars Story. So there is a bit of a familial connection.
Rick Famuyiwa, who directed Dope, was in line to direct The Flash standalone film starring Ezra Miller. However, he walked away from the project due to creative differences.
Chow was behind the lens for a variety of Netflix shows including Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Lost in Space. She also directed episodes of Reign and Fear The Walking Dead.
The new list of directors reveals a wide range of talented creators who approach their craft in a different way. It will be interesting to see how that will all fit into a series that has now become one of the most anticipated shows of 2019.
And just in case you were wondering, above is the first publicity image of The Mandalorian. Based on the first look, we can see that it will reflect the plot description of a lone gunfighter. It’s not exactly clear where he is or what he’s doing there, but the person seems content on being solo.
The Mandalorian will make its debut on Disney Play when the streaming service launches in 2019.