The Mandalorian Movie Confirmed: Jon Favreau to Direct New Star Wars Film

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm has announced the production of a new Star Wars movie titled ‘The Mandalorian & Grogu’, with Jon Favreau at the helm as director. This project marks the first Star Wars film to enter production since ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ in 2019.

Jon Favreau, who is credited with creating ‘The Mandalorian’ series, will be joined by Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, and Dave Filoni, the company’s chief creative officer, in producing this new feature. Contrary to earlier speculation surrounding a Daisy Ridley-led film, ‘The Mandalorian & Grogu’ is set to be the next Star Wars movie to commence filming later this year.

Favreau expressed his enthusiasm about the project, citing the opportunity to expand the universe created by George Lucas onto the big screen as “extremely exciting.” He has been instrumental in developing stories within the Star Wars world, especially through ‘The Mandalorian’.

The show ‘The Mandalorian’, which debuted as Disney+’s flagship series in November 2019, quickly became a cultural icon, largely due to the character initially known as Baby Yoda (Grogu). Starring Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian, the series revolves around his evolving relationship with Grogu. Following the success of its third season, the show has also led to spin-offs like ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ and ‘Ahsoka’, with the latter currently developing its second season.

Lucasfilm’s decision to move forward with ‘The Mandalorian & Grogu’ film could represent a significant shift in strategy. The studio has faced challenges in defining a clear direction for Star Wars on the big screen, with several projects failing to materialize. However, at last year’s Star Wars Celebration in London, the studio hinted at progress with three major projects, including Ridley’s film, a movie directed by Filoni, and another historical narrative from James Mangold.

Kennedy highlighted the pivotal role Favreau and Filoni have played in introducing new, cherished characters to the Star Wars universe. She sees ‘The Mandalorian & Grogu’ as an ideal story to transition from the small to the big screen.

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