Slowly but surely we are starting to get little bits of information seeping out about John Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which is currently in principal photography (does that term apply with a TV show? Hmm). We know now of course that the rumors were correct and the series will feature Pedro Pascal in the unnamed lead role of The Mandalorian. But what will Pascal’s character actually be up to in this series and what kind of situations will he find himself in?
According to the latest rumors from scoop site MakingStarWars, The Mandalorian will feature an appearance from some classic bounty hunters who first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back. The outlet claims that IG-88 the droid bounty hunter is heavily featured and will have various action scenes possibly related to its connections to a droid cult that’s been mentioned a few times outside of the movies in other canonical entertainment. They also mention that there is definitely a Trandoshan bounty hunter around and whilst no one can confirm this means Bossk will make an appearance, this does seem likely.
I have to say that this is exactly the kind of rogue’s gallery of characters that I want to see from a show like The Mandalorian. I want to really delve into the underworld of the Star Wars universe, which for me Solo should have done far more of. I would also be happy to see the likes of Dengar, 4-Lom, Zuckus and various other shady characters appearing throughout the series.
It just goes to show you what an impact The Empire Strikes Back had on us fans back in the day. Even in the old EU which has all been removed from canon, some of my favorite books were those featuring some of these bounty hunters and what their stories and motivations were. I would guess the average Star Wars fan will be excited to hear that some of these players are going to show up in The Mandalorian, I am for sure.
It also reminds me that our commander in chief, (sorry editor in chief) Joseph Jammer Medina, still maintains that The Last Jedi is a better film than The Empire Strikes Back. Obviously, this has horrified our team and rocked us to the core. I have still to see anyone respond to my request on Twitter for any similarly thinking fans to come forward and be counted amongst Jammer’s evil empire. Check it out below.
Pssst, it’s not about the prequels. Genuinely would love to hear if there is another soul on this planet that thinks TLJ is a better movie than Empire Strikes Back? Is Jammer an anomaly that must be corrected?
— Cam Clark (@LRM_Cam) December 15, 2018
I do wonder in 30 years’ time how many TV series or books will feature the further adventures of DJ, or Admiral Holdo’s early days. Will we ever see a TV show focused on the high life of the patrons of Canto Bight for example? I wouldn’t count on it, folks.
Anyway, enough of my digs at Jammer’s taste in movies (in public at least), what do you think of this report, are you excited that the likes of IG-88 and potentially Bossk could show up in The Mandalorian? Let us know what you think in the usual place, and if you agree with Jammer about The Last Jedi being better than Empire, hit us up on Twitter, we want to hear from you.
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