More Latinos in Star Wars! Just announced this morning (Dec. 21), the Star Wars Twitter account announced that Robert Rodriguez has joined Dave Filoni and Jon Faverau to executive produce The Mandalorian spin off, The Book of Boba Fett.
The action director joined the Star Wars universe when he was tapped as a last minute replacement to direct chapter 14, “The Tragedy.” Rodriguez is friends with Favreau, who has been the series showrunner since its inception, so of course, when Favreau saw an episode he needed some action punch up in, he called in Rodriguez.
“I’m friends with Jon Favreau and he needed a last-minute replacement for a director,” said Rodriguez while promoting his new Netflix movie, We Can Be Heroes. “And so I said, ‘Sure, I’ll come play in the Star Wars universe!’ What a dream. And it’s beyond my expectations, I mean, it was SO fun, you can’t imagine what it’s like to walk on a set that has the classic look of The Empire Strikes Back feel and look. It’s right after that era, right after the Return of the Jedi. It’s that era. So you really feel like you just walked into your childhood.”
His upcoming film also stars Pedro Pascal, who he didn’t know was the star of The Mandalorian. “I actually filmed this movie before I worked with him on Mandalorian,” the director says. “So I was surprised to go to the set, ‘Hey, you’re here too!’ So it’s fun working with him. He was terrific in the movie, fun to work with.”
He must have made a great impression on Lucasfilm, and it is fitting that someone with his blockbuster skill set, can take on a series about one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. The series will premiere on Disney+ December 2021.