‘The Mandalorian’: George Lucas Asked Showrunners to Make It a ‘Hopeful’ Series

On Star Wars Day, The Mandalorian fans are going to get an inside look at the show and how it was made. The new docuseries, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, premieres May 4, and it details how Star Wars creator George Lucas asked showrunners to make the series a “hopeful” one. 

Dave Filoni and George Lucas at Star Wars Celebration
Dave Filoni and George Lucas at Star Wars Celebration | Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Disney

What is ‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’ about?

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian comes from The Mandalorian showrunner, Jon Favreau. Through eight episodes, the docuseries will feature interviews from the cast and crew,  roundtable discussions, and behind the scenes footage. 

A Lucas Film press release revealed that the new documentary will give fans an inside look at “the series’ groundbreaking technology, the artistry behind the show’s practical models, effects, and creatures, plus the creative influences, the iconic score, and connections to Star Wars characters and props from across the galaxy.” In a statement, Favreau said viewers will discover all the magic that happens behind the camera. 

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is an opportunity for fans of the show to take a look inside and get to see a different perspective, and perhaps a greater understanding, of how The Mandalorian came together and some of the incredibly talented contributors throughout Season One,” Favreau revealed in the statement. “We had a great experience making the show and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.”

George Lucas asked showrunners to make ‘The Mandalorian’ ‘hopeful’

In a trailer for the docuseries, The Mandalorian directors — Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi — talk to Favreau about the creative process for season 1. 

Filoni, who is the creator of Star Wars Resistance and Star Wars Rebels, and a writer on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, said he was surprised by how much energy there is around these new stories of the franchise. He also revealed that he was given a note of advice by George Lucas himself. 

“George reiterated, ‘Remember to make these stories hopeful to give that to kids because they really need it,'” Filoni says in the clip. “It’s important to the foundation of Star Wars. But we don’t just want action, we want to feel uplifted. And Star Wars is ultimately about family. It is really saying there is a lot of hope out there.”

How can you watch the new docuseries?

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ on Monday, May 4, which is also known as Star Wars Day. As stated in the Lucas Film press release, this day was chosen specifically because of its importance to the Star Wars fandom.

“This May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, a brand-new series debuting on Disney+ will take us behind-the-scenes of the first Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian,” the press release reveals. “What started as a fan-generated grassroots holiday, Star Wars Day has become a full-fledged celebration of the Star Wars saga embraced by the entire galaxy. This year, fans can look forward to the highly-anticipated conclusion of Star Wars: The Clone Wars alongside the global premiere of the new eight-episode documentary series, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.”