Nigeria’s Famuyiwa to direct upcoming ‘Star Wars’ series

Carla Harmon
April 15, 2019

On Sunday (April 14), those responsible for bringing the top-secret show to life took to the Star Wars Celebration stage to reveal a few tantalizing tidbits and share exclusive footage with enthusiastic attendees.

Pascal will be joined by Nick Nolte (48 Hrs.), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (The Mentalist) and Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6).

Nigerian-American director, Rick Famuyiwa has been enlisted to work on the upcoming "Star Wars" prequel. Some might say he has questionable moral character, which is in line with some of our best westerns, some good samurai. Boba Fett, a bounty hunter who first appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy, was not himself a Mandalore, but he wore their armor for intimidation purposes, as did his father, Jango Fett.

The first episode debuts when the Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12.


Former mixed martial artist Gina Carano co-stars as Cara Dune, an ex-Rebel shock trooper. "It was an incredible thing because - when Jon asked me to come and meet with him about something Star Wars".

Disney debuted four new stills and teaser footage at this morning's The Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.

"The Mandalorian is a mysterious lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy", Pascal added, according to Deadline. The show will be set three years after Return of the Jedi, after the fall of the Empire but before the First Order emerges.

Carl Weathers will play the role of Greef Carga, the ring leader for a guild of intergalactic Bounty Hunters.


How does the TV show connect to the Star Wars movies? (Typically they're called in for various events like Star Wars Celebration, but not to be a part of filming.) Filoni said the Stormtroopers ended up being a test audience for the crew.

Favreau: Mandalorians were my favorite characters. Pascal said the lead has a lot of Clint Eastwood in him.

A galaxy far, far away just got a little bit bigger as "Star Wars" fans got a first look at "The Mandalorian". I was born in '75 so I am a product of Star Wars imagination. Below are some screenshots of the footage shown during the panel with the team building the models using 3D printers and LEDs for the engine lights.


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