Favreau Wants The Mandalorian to Evoke the 'Freakier Side of Star Wars'

Disney and Lucasfilm's upcoming live-action The Mandalorian series may be darker than your average Star Wars tale.

While the movies, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi to Solo: A Star Wars Story, have all taken us to the galaxy far, far away we know and love, creator and executive producer Jon Favreau teased that the Disney+ series will evoke the darker, seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

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"Every film is a puzzle, and there's a freedom that you have as a storyteller if you go to the real environment," Favreau told The Hollywood Reporter when discussing the use practical shooting locations. "It affects you and the human element. When you see Lawrence of Arabia, how much of that is informed by really being there and not shooting it in Calabasas — I think you get a different movie. The way I work and the stories I'm telling are geared specifically toward what this technology has to offer, so I could not make Episode IX using these tools."

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"If you notice, there's a certain look that [The Mandalorian] lead character has, there's a size that the spaceship is, there's a scale that lines up with the original trilogy," he continued. "I'm trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film. Not just the first film but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars."

The Mandalorian is set to take place between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, with Pedro Pascal playing the eponymous character. While the first footage of the series debuted during April's Star Wars Celebration, it was never released online in an official capacity. However, the Disney+ series' first trailer is expected to drop this weekend at D23.

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Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series debuts Nov. 12 on Disney+, the same date as the streaming service's official launch.

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