The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau expressed interest in bringing parts of Star Wars Legends, the old Expanded Universe, into his Disney+ live-action series.
Asked about characters like Mara Jade and General Thrawn, Favreau told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t want to talk about anything that might be fun for people to discover. We do have conversations. Part of what’s fun to see if we could merge the worlds of the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, The Clone Wars, and what’s been considered canon up to this point and what’s been considered part of Legends. I think this show offers an opportunity to bring in all those elements so no matter what your flavor of Star Wars ice cream you like there will be something to enjoy. But you’re asking the right questions.”
In 2014, Disney declared most of the Star Wars novels, comic books and video games published between 1978 and 2014 non-canon. However, ever since the House of Mouse purchased the franchise in 2011, it has combed through the old EU to bring certain elements back. For instance, General Thrawn returned in 2014's Timothy Zahn's in-canon novel Thrawn. The Mandalorian itself draws inspiration from the canceled video game Star Wars 1313 and, most notably, from George Lucas' un-produced but fully scripted live-action series Underworld.
There have been rumors surrounding the casting of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen, whose role has been kept tightly under wraps. Some speculate she might be playing a famous character from Legends, which would bring her back into Star Wars canon. We will know for sure on November 12.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Ming-Na Wen and Nick Nolte. The series debuts Nov. 12 on Disney+, the same date as the streaming service's official launch.