It was announced recently that Dave Filoni is going to be Lucasfilm’s executive creative director and well wishes poured in from The Mandalorian cast members like Katee Sackhoff and Ming-Na Wen. However, this promotion isn’t a new thing actually as Variety states that it happened last summer itself. But it wasn’t until this week that the studio finally updated its website with Filoni’s new position.
Upon hearing the promotion, Star Wars fans congratulated him and were relieved that the man who brought to life The Mandalorian along with some of their other favourite Star Wars stories was going to exert more creative power at the studio. In its report Variety said that:
“Filoni’s title as executive creative director captures the complicated role of overseeing both individual series and a larger storyline that weaves together several shows.”
So keeping this good news in mind, let us take a look at how Filoni made it this far.
Almost every Star Wars fan loves Filoni and it’s not just because he is behind The Mandalorian. He has been beloved in Star Wars circles since George Lucas himself chose him to helm the 2008 animated “The Clone Wars” series. The series lasted a whopping seven seasons and started Filoni’s career in Star Wars.
After the success of The Clone Wars, he went onto making other Star Wars animated series like Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Rebels, and of course, the currently airing show- Star Wars: The Bad Batch. It was after his success in the animated world and after garnering fan support for his works, that he was requested by Jon Favreau to be an executive producer on the new hit Star Wars show The Mandalorian.
Know that this was his first Star Wars project that was live-action. Also, note that Filoni has directed and written most of the episodes of the show. For example, the episode called “The Jedi” in season two was done by him.
It makes complete sense why Lucasfilm has pushed Dave Filoni up the ranks. After all, they are expanding the TV universe of Star Wars with multiple projects in the works that all set in The Mandalorian’s timeline. As such, putting Filoni in a place where he has macro and micro control over the overall universe and also the specific shows makes sense.
As for upcoming projects, know that Filoni is part of “The Book of Boba Fett” with Robert Rodriguez and Favreau. But apart from this, he will be overseeing Leslye Headland’s “The Acolyte“, Deborah Chow’s “Obi-Wan Kenobi“, and “Ashoka” series starring Rosario Dawson. We would like to take a moment to say that Filoni must be really proud of Ahsoka since the character he created in The Clone Wars is finally coming to life now.
Right now, everyone wants to know when The Mandalorian season 3 is coming to Disney+. While we don’t have the answer to that, but we do know that it’s not coming back until The Book of Boba Fett starts steaming in December. So you can safely assume that The Mandalorian season 3 isn’t coming back till 2022. But that’s no reason to worry. We definitely have Filoni’s The Bad Batch and The Book of Boba Fett to come to tide us over till then.
This is how cast reacted: