Star Wars has always had a real “space western” flavor to it, but with the upcoming Disney+ original series The Mandalorian, it’s clear they’re really doubling down on that feel. The first image we saw showed our (anti?)hero walking through some dusty town that felt as much a part of Star Wars as it did A Fistful of Dollars.
But where and when does this take place? A safe bet seemed to be following Return of the Jedi in some location far outside the Empire’s reach. But is that just an assumption on our part? Well, not really. Favreau had previously stated it took place three years after Return of the Jedi, and he’d also mentioned it taking place in the farthest reaches of the galaxy. That latter part was also stated when the series was officially announced, as shown in this crawl.
However, THR writer Borys Kit recently took to Twitter to give a bit of an update, saying:
“Sources tell me the story is set about 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and is set in the Outer Rim, where people don’t know and don’t care that the Empire has fallen. Gives them latitude in telling certain stories.”
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So, it’s not so different. I’ll admit, it’s not much. The five years claim is slightly different than three, but it’s essentially the same, and the Outer Rim is oh-so-slightly more specific.
For those who don’t know, the Outer Rim is essentially the wild west of the Star Wars galaxy, full of planets with no allegiance to the Empire or Rebellion. Occasionally, you’d have planets the Empire has made deals with to maintain some semblance of control, but on the whole, it’s a free-for-all.
This further cements the idea that this will be a real Western story set in the Star Wars world, which I’m pretty darn okay with. But what do you think? Are you down to see a potentially more down-in-the-dirt Star Wars story? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Borys Kit