Star Wars: Dave Filoni's Mandalorian-era film – Release date, cast, plot

The Mando-verse looks to be getting its own Endgame­-style climax

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Animator/director Dave Filoni attends The World Premiere of Lucasfilm's highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure,
Dave Filoni at the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016. (Getty Images for Disney) (Marc Flores via Getty Images)

With Season 3 of The Mandalorian over, we’re inching closer to the crossover event announced at Star Wars Celebration earlier this month. One of the three films announced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be the culmination of The Mandalorian and its related shows – The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew.

Dave Filoni, the man who has been integral to so much of Star Wars since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, from Clone Wars and Rebels, to The Mandalorian and the upcoming Ahsoka show, will be helming the film.

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With very few details were revealed about the film at Star Wars Celebration, many fans will be wondering what the film will be about? When might we see it? Who will star?

Here’s every we know about Dave Filoni’s untitled Star Wars movie.

Release date for Dave Filoni's Star Wars movie

(L-R): The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Lucasfilm's THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in The Book of Boba Fett. (Lucasfilm) (Lucasfilm Ltd.)

While no release date was announced at Star Wars Celebration, it’s safe to assume that the project is quite a few years away. There is still a significant amount of storytelling to be done before the movie hits cinemas, with Ahsoka, Book of Boba Fett and Skeleton Crew all likely enjoying multiple seasons.

While there is nothing confirmed as of yet, it seems likely that the Daisy Ridley-led project focused on the New Jedi Order will release before Filoni’s Mando-verse project, given the script is only a few weeks away from completion.

Dave Filoni's Star Wars movie plot

Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars: Rebels. (Lucasfilm via Getty Images) (Lucasfilm via Getty Images)

There were no major plot details announced at Star Wars Celebration, but we know the film will take place during the New Republic Era and will “close out” the interconnected stories of these Disney+ series.

Anyone familiar with Star Wars canon or with the Expanded Universe will know the significance of Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), and it seems likely that the blue-skinned Chiss will have a major impact on the machinations of the movie.

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It also seems possible that the film could fill in the gaps left by The Rise of Skywalker and provide further clarity on just how Emperor Palpatine returned. We already know cloning has played a major role in The Mandalorian, and Chapter 23 titled ‘The Spies’ name dropped Project Necromancer – hinting towards the Imperial Remnant’s eventual goal of restoring Sheev Palpatine.

Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine (credit: 20th Century Fox)
Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine. (20th Century Fox)

Speaking to Collider, Filoni filled in some blanks about what the story might address.

He said, “Things aren’t great when we begin The Force Awakens. So Jon and I looked at that time period, and when he knew he wanted The Mandalorian in it, one of the things I told him early on was, ‘Well, I have this epilogue in Star Wars: Rebels that’s kind of dealing with that time period’, which you’ve seen at the end with Sabine and Ahsoka going off.

"So a lot of these threads start to come together, and then I looked at the bigger body of work that’s been done and what’s relevant, and a story will emerge out of that.”

Who will appear in Dave Filoni's Star Wars movie?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 28: Pedro Pascal attends the Mandalorian special launch event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 28, 2023. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Pedro Pascal at the launch of The Mandalorian S3. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) (Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images)

It’s safe to say that the Filoni/Favreau-verse film will be something of an ensemble when it comes to its cast. With plenty of television to get through before the opening crawl of the movie, characters will be introduced and it’s likely that some characters will die, so nothing is set in stone.

Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin seems all but certain to appear on the big screen. Speaking to Esquire about the possibility of joining the Star Wars film universe, Pascal responded, “F*** yeah”, so we can bank on that happening. As for Grogu, Jon Favreau was cagey when we asked him at Celebration: “I don’t know what I can talk about yet,” he said. “But certainly everything is being discussed.”

Read more: Everything we know about Skeleton Crew

The other Mandalorian we hope to see on the big screen is Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, played by none other than Katee Sackhoff.

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) in The Mandalorian. (Lucasfilm) (Francois Duhamel / Lucasfilm Ltd)

Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano, Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Jude Law’s as yet unnamed Skeleton Crew character also feel like sure bets. As does Lars Mikkelsen’s Grand Admiral Thrawn, who will appear in the upcoming Ahsoka show.

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Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla, two characters making their live-action debuts this summer in Ahsoka are likely to appear as well. They will be played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, respectively.

Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Lucasfilm's AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. (Lucasfilm)
Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Ahsoka. (Lucasfilm) (Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Other characters we could see include Greef Karga, Cobb Vanth, Fennec Shand, Migs Mayfield and Captain Carson Teva, played by Carl Weathers, Timothy Olyphant, Ming-Na Wen, Bill Burr and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, respectively.

Is there a trailer for Dave Filoni's Star Wars movie yet?

There is no trailer for the project, with it still being years away. They did show trailers for the upcoming Skeleton Crew and Ahsoka.

Watch the trailer for Ahsoka