Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian officially has its directors, and Taika Waititi is among them. As part of Disney’s empire, Lucasfilm is being tasked with making the first ever live-action Star Wars TV show for their streaming service. In order to do so, the Iron Man and The Jungle Book director is set to write and produce the series. It was just recently announced that the series is about a lone Mandalorian gunslinger with the official synopsis being released.
As many fans had hoped, that release by Favreau has proven to be just the beginning of news coming on The Mandalorian. We still don’t have a cast announcement, but directors have started to be rumored over the last several days. Now, Lucasfilm has confirmed the varied directors who are set to headline the series – and it includes a recent MCU breakout director.
Lucasfilm announced the five directors who will helm episodes of The Mandalorian. The biggest name for many will be to see Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi among those who will direct an episode of the series. They also confirmed that Dave Filoni will direct the pilot of the show, while Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow will also direct episodes of The Mandalorian.
Not only is Waititi fresh off the critical and financial hit that Ragnarok became, but him joining the ranks of Star Wars is somewhat surprising given previous comments. He previously said he didn’t think he could direct a Star Wars movie because of his directing style, and while this isn’t a movie, it will have a substantial budget. Kathleen Kennedy did say after he said those comments that she would love for Waititi to direct a Star Wars film. Again, it may not be a movie, but with his Disney connection, he is the MCU veteran to join the series, not Alan Taylor (as previously rumored).
Dave Filoni’s involvement was previously rumored as well, and this is the next step for the Star Wars Rebels creator. Bryce Dallas Howard is best known as an actress and this will be her first directing credit that is above a short. She, too, has a connection to Lucasfilm, as her father, Ron Howard, just directed Solo: A Star Wars Story. Rick Famuyiwa is another exciting choice after breaking out with his movie Dope, while Chow previously directed episodes of Jessica Jones for Marvel and Netflix. The variety of talent the series has assembled to this point is nonetheless a great start to the series.
The Mandalorian will stream exclusively on Disney’s streaming service in 2019.