The Mandalorian & Grogu Will Test Whether People Still Care About Star Wars Movies

The Mandalorian and Grogu are headed to the big screen in what will be the first Star Wars movie in years. Will people care?

The Mandalorian Grogu
Photo: Lucasfilm

Not so long ago and in a galaxy that looks remarkably like our own, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened in cinemas and went on to gross $1.1 billion. While a remarkable drop down from The Last Jedi only two years earlier—and a more alarming 50 percent below 2015’s The Force Awakens—a billion dollars is still a billion dollars. Which is to say it’s strange that we have gone five years and counting without another Star Wars movie getting ready for its big screen close-up.

That’s changing this New Year with the announcement that not only is there going to be a Mandalorian movie, but the property is on the fast track, with The Mandalorian & Grogu slated to commence production later this year. Even better, fan favorite Jon Favreau is at the helm as director of a character he created for the small screen. For most Star Wars fans this is happy news, as is the confirmation that Favreau will produce the picture alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Dave Filoni.

“I have loved telling stories set in the rich world that George Lucas created,” Favreau said in the official press release. “The prospect of bringing the Mandalorian and his apprentice Grogu to the big screen is extremely exciting.”

It really is. It also looks poised to act as a bellwether for the Star Wars brand as a whole, because we are at something of an inflection point when it comes to the health and vitality of the paterfamilias of modern movie franchises. And at the moment, it is debatable whether Star Wars is still seen by consumers as the stuff of myth and luminous beings.


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