Yes, this just might be the droid you're looking for.
Currently, executive producer and director Jon Favreau is hard at work on his live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. After using his Instagram account to tease the return of the fan-favorite bounty hunter IG-88 from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Favreau is at it again.
This time, the Iron Man director has once again shared an image from the set of the Disney+ series, an image that teases the return of a character from the original Star Wars film, A New Hope: the droid known as R5-D4.
Although R5 does not have a big role in the film, his presence is still notable, and quite important in the overall Star Wars narrative. The droid is first seen on Tatooine, being sold off by the Jawas to Luke Skywalker and his uncle Owen. However, after R5 malfunctions on the spot, the Skywalkers instead opt to purchase R2-D2, who would later lead Luke on a mission to rescue Princess Leia from the clutches of the Empire.
Favreau didn't write a caption to accompany the photo, and he doesn't need to. Fans can instantly recognize R5-D4, and now we can't help but wonder how the droid factors into The Mandalorian. Will the droid simply have a cameo appearance, or will he have an important role to play on the series?
Considering that The Mandalorian is set to take place a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi, it's safe to say that R5-D4 has managed to survive his ordeal on Tatooine. Some may have believed that the Jawas got rid of him after he malfunctioned, but it's now clear that R5 is tougher than he appears. What has he been up to all this time? Perhaps the Disney+ series will give us all the answers we now desperately crave.
Outside of these small teases, little is actually known about Favreau's The Mandalorian. With the television series well into production, don't be surprised if Disney unveils a first trailer, as well as an official release date, during this year's Star Wars Celebration, which takes place April 11 to 15 in Chicago.
The Mandalorian, created by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte, is currently filming. The series is expected to premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2019.