Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Sounds Awesome, But With One Problem

The title and first story details of Disney's Star Wars series have been revealed.

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After being announced back in March, and with production just starting to commence, the first details of Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars TV show have been revealed.

As per Favreau himself on Instagram, the series, which will be released on Disney's new streaming service sometime next year, is going to be called The Mandalorian, with the following story details also offered up:

"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."

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That all fits with previous rumours of Mandalore and the show being set around three years after Return of the Jedi, and it's an interesting concept. Boba Fett remains a fan-favourite Star Wars character, and through the EU (now non-canon Legends) and shows like Rebels, more of the Mandalorian culture has been explored.

There's a lot of potential there, although it feels squandered somewhat by setting it in such close proximity to the Original Trilogy. This is part of Disney's approach to Star Wars, of course, and makes sense as this timeline is the most marketable, but with Battlefront II already set then and the animated Star Wars: Resistance in the same gap between Episodes VI and VII, alongside a number of novels and comics, it's already a little crowded.

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The Mandalorian history is so rich it would've been great to see the show going back a few thousand years to document it around the Old Republic era, or even just anything that's a bit more different, but with Favreau involved, a massive budget expected, and an intriguing premise, it does remain an enticing proposition regardless - just not quite as exciting as it might've been.

What do you think about The Mandalorian? Let us know down in the comments.

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