New details seem to be emerging every week about ‘The Mandalorian,’ Jon Favreau’s ‘Star Wars’ series set to debut on the new Disney Streaming service, Disney+. While we recently learned that much of the story was going to be about a warrior finding and saving a child from certain death, a child who might one day grow up to unite and rule the Mandalorian people, today we learned a little bit more about where the new series is going to take place, both physically and in terms of the timeline of the franchise.
According to Borys Kit of the Hollywood Reporter, the show will take place 5 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’ (not 7 as originally reported) and will mainly take place in the Outer Rim, most likely re-introducing Tatooine as a major planet. Here’s his Tweet on the subject:
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. https://t.co/U0LT3WQsZ2
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) December 12, 2018
With the Outer Rim setting, it looks like this series is going to stay pretty far from the main politics of the franchise, the final end of the Empire itself and rise of the New Republic. This is alright by me because this means they can focus on telling more intimate stories focused on the Mandalorian and his culture and not have to worry about the major galactic events that are usually covered by the main franchise stories (plus we will not have to spend every week wondering where all the main characters like Luke, Leia and Han are if this story has nothing to do with their story).
What are your thoughts on the show taking place so soon after the end of the original trilogy, and so far from the center of the action? Feel free to share your opinions and any theories you have in the comments below!
Also, here’s the brief synopsis of the series so far:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe.
The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.
We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority
of the New Republic.