IG-88 Is NOT In The Mandalorian, Says Jon Favreau

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The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau confirms IG-88 is not going to be within the upcoming Disney+ collection. Exploring the underbelly of the Star Wars galaxy, many followers expect to see plenty of nefarious scoundrels and mercenaries over the course of the eight episodes. The movies have solely tapped into this nook of the universe, with final summer season’s Solo maybe that includes the best variety of unsavory varieties. One other notable instance from the films is the now-famous scene the place Darth Vader hires a number of bounty hunters to trace down the Millennium Falcon.

That sequence included a number of characters, like Boba Fett and Bossk, that went on to grow to be fan-favorites regardless of having minimal display time. One other bounty hunter that left an impression was IG-88, who seemingly was going to be included in The Mandalorian. Not solely has there been photographic proof pointing to his potential function, a droid that seemed similar to IG-88 was seen in a footage reel that performed throughout the present’s panel at Celebration Chicago. Nevertheless, it is now been revealed that is a totally totally different character.

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Talking with EW, Favreau acknowledged the droid on the collection is solely one other IG unit, dubbed IG-11. Primarily based on one other behind-the-scenes image he shared, it could seem IG-11 will probably be voiced by Taika Waititi (who additionally directed an episode of The Mandalorian).

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Favreau’s made it abundantly clear The Mandalorian will function loads of Easter eggs and nods to the bigger Star Wars franchise, however his final aim right here was to inform a recent story populated by new characters for followers to comply with. On the panel, he in contrast his strategy to what he did on the unique Iron Man movie, explaining The Mandalorian would have one thing for die-hard followers, informal viewers, and other people largely unfamiliar with the property. With that in thoughts, it is sensible for the present to go this route, quite than tapping into nostalgia for a particular background character. It additionally permits Favreau and the crew a bit of extra inventive freedom, as they’re molding an all-new character they will do something with. Admittedly, IG-88 was already one thing of a clean slate, however he has appeared in different areas of canon since his large display debut.

Relationship again to the very first Star Wars movie, droids have all the time performed an integral function within the narratives. With newcomers like BB-8, Ok-2SO, and L3-37 following within the footsteps of R2-D2 and C-3PO, robots have left an endearing and enduring legacy that many viewers are keen on. It will be attention-grabbing to see what IG-11’s contributions are to the custom. On the very least, he appears to have a talking function, suggesting he could possibly be a key supporting participant on The Mandalorian. Within the early going, the present’s advertising marketing campaign is spotlighting the trio of The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), ex-Insurgent shock trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano), and bounty hunter guild head Greef (Carl Weathers), nevertheless it’s solely a matter of time earlier than different members of the ensemble are showcased.

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Supply: EW

The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ November 12, 2019.

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