The Mandalorian Will Explain How the First Order Came To Be

The Mandalorian will explain how the First Order came to be

More details have emerged about Jon Favreau’s Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian, courtesy of an interview with Favreau and director Dave Filoni in Entertainment Weekly. One important nugget that was revealed during the conversation was that the upcoming Disney+ show would shed new light on the First Order — aka the bad guys of the new Star Wars trilogy.

“You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once,” Filoni said. “You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.” 

Favreau then added: “Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order? You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along… So somehow, things weren’t necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that.”

The existence of the first order in The Force Awakens was somewhat perplexing, particularly since they were, as Favreau said, pretty far along in their plans to take over the universe. They had a Death Star Starkiller Base, an endless supply of troops and plenty of firepower. So, it could be beneficial (and entertaining) to learn how such a powerful force came to be.

The article also explained that the series “plans to use elements from across the Skywalker saga films, The Clone Wars and other animated series and the Extended Universe in its storytelling.”

Pedro Pascal stars the eponymous Mandalorian. He has another real name, which hasn’t been revealed just yet. Like most bounty hunters, he likes to work alone. Giancarlo Esposito plays Moff Gideon, one of the former sector governors under The Empire. Since its collapse years before the events of The Mandalorian, Gideon has managed to retain a powerful army — and his ambition for power.

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Gina Carano will portray Cara Dune, a former Shock Trooper-turned-mercenary who fought with the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, the leader of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild (which is apparently a thing) who gives Pascal’s Mandalorian an assignment no one else will take.

Finally, it was confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who’s also helmed some episodes of The Mandalorian, will voice the bounty hunter droid IG-11. Unfortunately, there’s no word on what kind of fantastic Star Wars name and job title Werner Herzog gets just yet.

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Jon Favreau serves as executive producer and showrunner for the series, Directors for the first season include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone WarsStar Wars Rebels), who will be directing the first episode, plus Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) along with Waititi.

The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. The series will premiere on Disney+ when the service launches on November 12.

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