It was just a few days ago that speculation that the first Star Wars live-action television show would be focused on the Mandalorians got some hard proof when set photos leaked out. Today, we heard from Jon Favreau, who will write and executive produce the series, that the rumors are true and the show will be called – The Mandalorian.

Favreau made the big announcement on Instagram:

 

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If you can’t read that it says, “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.”

The Mandalorian series will be one of the key attractions for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is intended to help Disney compete against Netflix. It’s expected to be a limited-episode series (somewhere around 8 episodes of around an hour each).

This probably explains why Favreau and Dave Filoni were spotted hanging out at the Ranch, aka Star Wars world headquarters.

Filoni is expected to be of five directors on the series. Filoni, of course, played a key role in the animated series Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

Mandalorians have a pretty extensive history in the Star Wars legends universe, which will give the new series plenty to mine for stories and characters. Part of me wonders if we might see the return of Sabine Wren from the Star Wars: Rebels series. The characters of Boba and Jango Fett also have a fairly significant fan base already, which is probably why they’re mentioned in the description, even if they won’t be in the show.

What do you think about Favreau’s decision to focus on the Mandalorians in the new series.