The Star Wars universe is once again expanding beyond the realms of television, as the much-loved duo from “The Mandalorian,” the Mandalorian and Grogu – affectionately known as Baby Yoda – are set to star in their own feature film. The announcement of “The Mandalorian & Grogu” marks a significant return of the franchise to the big screen, reigniting the excitement of Star Wars fans worldwide.
Production for “The Mandalorian & Grogu” is scheduled to begin later this year, signifying the first Star Wars film to commence production in 2024. Jon Favreau, the acclaimed showrunner of the Disney+ series, is at the helm of this project, taking on the roles of both director and producer. Joining him in the production team are Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and chief creative officer Dave Filoni, both instrumental in the success of recent Star Wars television series.
Despite the somewhat unconventional title, “The Mandalorian & Grogu” promises to bring the same level of excitement and depth that the Disney+ series is known for. Favreau expressed his enthusiasm about the project, highlighting the rich world created by George Lucas and the thrilling prospect of bringing these characters to the silver screen. Kennedy also echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the fitting nature of this story for a cinematic experience.
This film will be the first Star Wars cinematic release since 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker,” which received mixed reviews. It appears that Lucasfilm is reigniting its focus on movie-making within the Star Wars universe, as evidenced by the announcement of three additional Star Wars films earlier this year.
Alongside “The Mandalorian & Grogu,” Dave Filoni is set to direct a film that will conclude the narratives established in “The Mandalorian,” “The Book of Boba Fett,” and “Ahsoka.” James Mangold, director of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” will explore the origins of the Jedi in another upcoming film. Additionally, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is directing a film focusing on Rey from the sequel trilogy as she endeavors to build a new Jedi Order.
Details about the plot of “The Mandalorian & Grogu” remain under wraps, leaving fans eagerly anticipating further announcements. The release date is also yet to be confirmed.
In related news, the Star Wars gaming world is also buzzing with the upcoming release of “Star Wars Outlaws,” which is expected to launch this year, further expanding the Star Wars narrative landscape.