All throughout the production of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, I had heard rumblings of the groundbreaking technology being used to create the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show. Producer Jon Favreau has talked briefly about the process while doing press, mentioning that the series makes use of a new tech that creates virtual backgrounds using large high-resolution screens. The filmmaker would rather have audiences concentrate on the story than the tech, so we won’t likely see any real behind-the-scenes features on the technology until after the first season airs in its entirety (Notably, Favreau took the same approach for Jungle Book and Lion King).

I’ve watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian multiple times now and tried to find the seams. Where is this tech being used? What is practical and what is being generated virtually on a performance capture “volume” in the soundstages next to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels?

Yesterday, I attended a “Women of Lucasfilm—What Drives You?” panel discussion at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in support of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was wonderful to hear stories from the women who are bringing Star Wars into the next decade and beyond.

Late into the panel discussion, the conversation turned to George Lucas‘ fearless innovation that has been a part of the Star Wars DNA. Remember, ILM was created to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life. The female dream team on the panel spoke for over 15 minutes about how this new tech could change television and cinema forever. And director Deborah Chow talked about possibly using this new “Stagecraft” technology in Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi tv series.

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star wars holiday special

The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special has been famously ridiculed — the dated 1970s variety special structure; the hokey musical sequences; the endless Wookie grunts; Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill looking absolutely mortified — but for a rare few fans, it holds a special place in their hearts. One of those fans is apparently Jon Favreau, the creator of the successful new Disney+ series The Mandalorian, who actually has the power to do something about that. Favreau revealed that he is genuinely interested in making a new Star Wars Holiday Special and in fact already has plans in place for one.

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The Mandalorian reveal

While doing press for last night’s world premiere of The Mandalorian, which showcased the first three episodes of the Disney+ series, showrunner/creator Jon Favreau addressed the pilot episode’s shocking ending. Read his comments below, but beware of spoilers if you haven’t seen the first episode yet. Read More »

The Mandalorian Score

In less than two weeks, the new Disney+ streaming service will launch, giving us the first episode of the highly anticipated live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. But when the series arrives, it will be without one key component that has defined Star Wars over the years: a score from John Williams. But fans shouldn’t be worried, because Oscar-winning Black Panther composer Ludwig Göransson is behind The Mandalorian score, and the young, quickly rising talent sounds like the perfect man for the job. Read More »

the mandalorian trailer new

Disney+ has a lot to offer subscribers, but perhaps their most buzz-worthy title is The Mandalorian, a live-action series set in the Star Wars universe. Separated entirely from the soon-to-concluded Skywalker Saga, The Mandalorian follows a bounty hunter on the outskirts of the galaxy. Pedro Pascal leads the series, which features episodes directed by Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow and more. Watch a new The Mandalorian trailer below.

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The Mandalorian Episode Release Schedule

We know when Disney+ arrives next month that launch day will bring the first episode of The Mandalorian along with it. The live-action Star Wars series is probably the most anticipated part of the streaming service, and now we know when each of the episodes in the show’s first will arrive. But that’s not all.

Even though the general public hasn’t seen a single episode of The Mandalorian, the second season is already moving forward. In addition to executive producer Jon Favreau taking a step behind the camera this time, one of the show’s cast members will hop in the director’s chair too, and it’s none other than Carl Weathers. Find out more below. Read More »

New Star Wars Holiday Special

Even though the Star Wars prequels received their fair amount of criticism from longtime fans of the sci-fi saga, nothing has ever received as much scorn as the totally weird Star Wars Holiday Special. Aired in 1978, the program took place after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and followed Han Solo and Chewbacca as they tried to evade the Empire and get to the Wookiee home world of Kashyyyk in order to celebrate “Life Day” with Chewie’s father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy. Yeah, the Star Wars Holiday Special is quite a trip, and if Jon Favreau has his way, he’d like to create a new Star Wars Holiday Special for Disney+ someday. Read More »

Star Wars Legends in The Mandalorian

We’re exactly two months out from the debut of the Disney+ streaming service, which means we’re also two months out from seeing the first episode of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The teaser trailer has everyone pumped and now writer and executive producer Jon Favreau is trying to get Star Wars fans of every kind excited all over again with a tease of what the series has yet to reveal, including the possibility of seeing stories known as Star Wars Legends in the show. Read More »

The Mandalorian

Disney and Lucasfilm are bringing the first season of The Mandalorian to the new Disney+ streaming service starting on November 12. It’s the first live-action Star Wars series ever, and after the first teaser trailer debuted during The D23 Expo last month, fans are extremely excited to see what the show has to offer, and that’s largely thanks to the passion of executive producer Jon Favreau.

The Iron Man and The Lion King director wrote four episodes of the series before Disney and Lucasfilm even expressed interest in making the series, but Favreau decided to focus on getting the show up and running instead of stepping behind the camera as director, opting to let some other talented names take the reins instead. But whenever The Mandalorian season 2 rolls around, Fareau has already decided that he’ll get back in the director’s chair. Read More »

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Jon Favreau spider-man

The year is 2019, and The Great Spider-Crisis rages on. Despite an early report which suggested that Spider-Man would remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as long as Far From Home made more than a billion dollars at the box office, and despite the fact that that movie did indeed cross that financial threshold, Disney and Sony could not come to an agreement on the future of the character. Translation: say goodbye to Tom Holland interacting with heroes like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange on screen again, because he’s now relegated to Sony’s burgeoning cinematic universe, where Venom and Morbius are hanging out.

Unless…

In a new interview, director Jon Favreau, the filmmaker behind the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and regular co-star of Holland’s Spider-Man films, hints that there may be a chance that the whole thing gets resolved and Spidey returns to the MCU after all. Read the full Jon Favreau Spider-Man comment below.
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