The Mandalorian will answer one of the biggest mysteries shrouded in the Star Wars sequel trilogy in how the First Order came to be. What is known is that they come from the remnants of the Galactic Empire, following the presumed death of Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) in Return of the Jedi and led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Director Dave Filoni and series creator and showrunner Jon Favreau spoke to Entertainment Weekly and had this to say about the direction of the Disney+ series:
“This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars. You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.”
– Dave Filoni
Favreau said they have 30 years to work with in the timeline for The Mandalorian.
“Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order? You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along.”
– Jon Favreau
Filoni added the First Order is pretty well equipped, with Favreau making this interesting observation: “So somehow, things weren’t necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that.”
EW speculates Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), a former Imperial governor, will seek to reunite the scattered factions of the Empire to begin what will be the First Order. There have been pieces of canon spread across the films, animated shows, and Extended Universe novels – all of which will be pulled from for The Mandalorian. Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath and Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: Bloodline delved into how some of the remnants of the Empire fled to the Outer Rim, waged a cold war with the New Republic, and solidified into the First Order six years before The Force Awakens.
The Mandalorian is one of the most anticipated shows for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, not only because of its flagship status but also the fact it’s the Star Wars franchise’s first live-action television series. The series follows a yet-to-be-named bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) in the outer reaches of the galaxy as he sets out to collect a difficult prize. The show also stars Gina Carano, Espositio, Carl Weathers, Taika Waititi, and Ming-Na Wen.
Carano had this to say about her character, Cara Dune (who’s featued in the EW-exclusive image below).
“She’s gone from planet to planet. She’s a loner. She’s strong. She runs into the Mandalorian on one of these planets that she’s hiding out on and thinks that he’s there to take her in and then their relationship escalates from there.”
The Mandalorian premieres on the Disney+ streaming service starting November 12th.