Making the jump from small-screen to the silver screen, the two most popular characters in the Lucasfilm Disney+ universe are finally getting their day in theaters. The Mandalorian character and his loveable sidekick (and ‘foster child’) Grogu (Baby Yoda) are next up on Lucasfilm’s Star Wars production schedule. And the movie will be directed by The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau—which is music to the ears of all Force followers!
Favreau, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm chief creative officer Dave Filoni will produce the feature. It will be the first Star Wars movie to go into production since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Which is a bit of a surprise considering that Kathleen Kennedy had already announced at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in April that Daisy Ridley was returning to the Star Wars universe in the feature to be directed by Obaid-Chinoy. This was in addition to the announcement of two other films from directors James Mangold and Filoni.
At the time, it was announced that Mangold’s movie would be set in the long ago past while Obaid-Chinoy’s is planned to be 15 years after the events of Rise of Skywalker, and concerned with the reestablishment of the Jedi order. Interestingly, Filoni’s movie was supposed to be the grand finale climax of the storylines in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka. In now appears as if Favreau will be helming that film—maybe. Hopefully Filoni will still be in the director’s chair soon for his live-action film. Either way, it’s awesome to see that the two guiding lights in the galaxy far, far away are Favreau and Filoni.