Many fans regard Star Wars’ cinematic side as a bit of a jumble, with what appears to be an unplanned trilogy and a couple of side-story films that received mixed reviews. Meanwhile, works bearing Filoni’s name have been well received by the community, earning him a reputation among many fans as the Kevin Feige of Star Wars—an executive-level creator who understands the material well enough to ensure that it feels like Star Wars.
Which explains why many were thrilled when someone noticed when the studio recently updated its website with Filoni’s new title last week and “Star Wars” fans believed that Filoni had suddenly been given more creative power at Lucasfilm than ever before. Per Variety: “Filoni’s title as executive creative director captures the complicated role of overseeing both individual series and a larger storyline that weaves together several shows.”
Even some of the actors got very vocal about their own excitement.
HELL YES!!! So happy for you, @dave_filoni !! 👏🏼👏🏼
So deserve this!🥰🧡 https://t.co/IloxFTH1uI
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) May 20, 2021
— Katee Sackhoff (@kateesackhoff) May 20, 2021
Well, the fact is that the title is real, but Filoni stepped into it several months ago, Lucasfilm told IGN.
“Dave has been serving as Executive Producer / Executive Creative Director at Lucasfilm for quite some time now,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson told the site. “We simply updated our website. Nothing has changed with his current and future projects. He is busier than ever in a galaxy far, far away!”
Filoni is joining John Favreau and Robert Rodriguez for “The Book of Boba Fett,” streaming on Disney+ in December. Additional “Star Wars” television projects include “The Acolyte” from Leslye Headland, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” from Deborah Chow, and “Ahsoka,” starring Rosario Dawson as the eponymous Jedi that Filoni created to smash success in “The Clone Wars.”
As for the future of “The Mandalorian,” the blockbuster series will return for a third season but not until after “The Book of Boba Fett.” The new season is now in pre-production and won’t arrive until 2022 at the earliest.
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