New “Star Wars” Movie “The Mandalorian & Grogu” Announced From Director Jon Favreau

Baby Yoda and his best buddy Mando are going big time.

A brand new Star Wars film centered on the two beloved besties is coming to the big screen from director Jon Favreau—The Mandalorian & Grogu–and production will begin before the year is up.

Favreau brought Mando and Grogu to the small screen with Disney+’s The Mandalorian, the first live-action Disney series ever. Favreau’s western-flavored Star Wars story followed the titular Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a brilliant bounty hunter who is tasked with retrieving some valuable cargo. That cargo turns out to be the baby alien that set the internet on fire, Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, whom Mando ended up feeling both connected to and bound to protect. In turn, Grogu turned out to be an incredibly powerful, if curious and mischievous, little ally himself. Their bond became undeniable, and they’ve been having adventures ever since. There’s no word yet where on the timeline The Mandalorian & Grogu will be set and how it will pick up from the series, which has streamed for three seasons on Disney+.

“I have loved telling stories set in the rich world that George Lucas created,” Favreau said in a statement. “The prospect of bringing the Mandalorian and his apprentice Grogu to the big screen is extremely exciting.”

Favreau’s upcoming film is the first that will go into production since J.J. Abrams’ 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker capped the most recent trilogy. There have been some new Star Wars films in development, but since The Rise of Skywalker, the action has really been on Disney+, where The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and Ahsoka have followed The Mandalorian. More series are in the works, including Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte. 

The Mandalorian & Grogu will be produced by Favreau, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Ahsoka creator and Star Wars guru Dave Filoni.

“Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have ushered into Star Wars two new and beloved characters, and this new story is a perfect fit for the big screen,” Kennedy said in a statement.

Favreau’s film will be the first of a few new Star Wars movies, which include films by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, which will center on a post-Rise of Skywalker Rey (Daisy Ridley), James Mangold’s mysterious film, and another film by Filoni.

There are Star Wars films slated for May 22, 2026, December 18, 2026, and December 17, 2027, although calendars are always subject to change.

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Featured image: The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in The Mandalorian, season two. Courtesy Lucasfilm. 


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