Filming has been underway on Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian in California since October, but HN Entertainment has learned of two key production/post-production team members working on the show.

First, Lucasfilm has hired Elia Popov as The Mandalorian’s special effects foreman/supervisor. Film credits include Jordan Peele’s Us, Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, Spike Jonze’s Her, David Ayer’s Fury, and Destroyer.

Also, newbie Diana Chu will be the visual effects supervisor on the series. She was a visual effects production assistant on Solo: A Star Wars Story and seemingly has been given a promotion as Industrial Light and Magic has expanded with a new television division of the effects house that will be overseeing Disney+ projects like The Mandalorian and likely the Marvel Studios shows as well. Chu was once an intern at Tim Miller’s effects company Blur Studios before moving over to ILM.

We recently revealed that Rogue One’s Barry Idoine would be handling most of the cinematography on the show as well.

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.

Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction).

The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).

The Mandalorian is set for release on Disney+ in the fall of 2019.


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