Vanity Fair provides readers with a condensed recap of the journey Dave Filoni has embarked on to become the Star Wars mastermind at Lucasfilm we all know and love. They also have a new BTS image from the set of The Mandalorian (click the image below for a larger view) featuring Filoni giving direction to series star Pedro Pascal in his Mando gear.
Earlier this week Vanity Fair revealed the name (and more) of Ming-Na Wen’s character in The Mandalorian as well as the character voiced by Nick Nolte in the Disney+ offering. The series is set to premiere on November 12 when the Disney+ streaming service launches here in the United States (US residents can sign up now). The available streaming dates for all eight episodes of The Mandalorian Season 1 can be found here.
Filoni is a cowboy-hat-wearing, hockey-loving, wolf-obsessed writer, director, and producer from Pittsburgh. He was a young animation director when George Lucas asked if he would join him and, together, create the Lucasfilm founder’s final run of Star Wars stories. That project was The Clone Wars animated series, which began in 2008 and ended abruptly after six seasons when Lucas sold the company to Disney in 2012. George moved on. Dave stayed. What Obi-Wan Kenobi was to Luke Skywalker, what Han Solo was to Rey, that’s what Lucas became to Filoni.
Fifteen years later, Filoni, 45, is not-so-jokingly known as The Chosen One, the carrier of the creator’s knowledge. He mixed that mentorship with his own skills and interests to craft the hit animated Rebels and Resistance shows, and now serves as executive producer and one of the directors of The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars TV series that the Disney+ streaming service made the centerpiece of its November 12 launch. In February, he will resurrect The Clone Wars for a seventh and final season. And you can expect to see Filoni’s name on other major projects in the years to come.
He’s become so beloved within the Star Wars fandom that people sometimes cosplay as him at conventions. That affection comes not just from the stories he’s told, but because he’s so clearly a fan too.