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‘The Mandalorian’ showrunner Jon Favreau reveals why he chose this timeline for ‘Star Wars’ projects

Jon Favreau admits he has a connection to ‘Star Wars’ that explains why the events are set after ‘Return of the Jedi.’

Disney announced new ‘Star Wars’ at investor day. Here’s the rundown.
Disney announced new ‘Star Wars’ at investor day. Here’s the rundown.
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“The Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau recently revealed his connection to “Star Wars” that may reveal why he decided to set “The Mandalorian” and other new “Star Wars” projects after the events of “Return of the Jedi.”

What’s going on?

Favreau recently spoke on “Good Morning America” about the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” offering tidbits about the surprising cameo appearance and the post-credits twist.

Favreau also revealed that the two new spinoffs — “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka” — will be set after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” similar to “The Mandalorian.”

He said he has a connection to the third original “Star Wars” film, which makes his recent experience with the franchise more engaging.

  • “That was a film that we all grew up with. I was an usher in the movie theater back in Queens when ‘Return of the Jedi’ was playing so I saw that movie dozens and dozens of times at work and now it’s so fun to be continuing the story after that with some of those characters,” Favreau said.

What’s coming next

Favreau told “Good Morning America” that the next “Star Wars” project will be The Book of Boba Fett,” which will be a standalone, spinoff show rather than a Season 3 of “The Mandalorian.”

“We didn’t want to spoil the surprise during the big Kathleen Kennedy announcement of all the shows (during Investor Day earlier this month), so they let me keep this one a secret, “ Favreau says. “So this is actually separate from ‘The Mandalorian Season 3. But what we didn’t say in that announcement is the next show coming up — what Kathy called ‘the next chapter’ — is going to be ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ and then we go into production right after that on ‘The Mandalorian,’ back with the main character that we all know and love ... pretty soon following that. There’s a lot of ‘Star Wars’ content coming out, I think they announced 10 projects, I think this will be 11.”