An unexpected throwback to the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Jon Favreau, writer and executive producer for the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, has revealed an image of what appears to be the titular protagonist’s primary weapon.
Favreau posted the image of the weapon on Instagram, and though no specifics were revealed, it definitely has the same stock as the weapon slung on the protagonist’s back in the first image we received from the show. It looks to be a hodgepodge of parts with a general rifle-like design and an interesting tuning-fork shaped muzzle.
It looks strikingly similar to the weapon used by Boba Fett in the animated segment of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. This weapon has been dubbed the Amban phase-pulse blaster (the name of which was given through an animation production character key of Boba Fett) and fires a strange form of weaponized energy that is capable of taking down a large monster.
The Mandalorian takes place three years after the events of Return of the Jedi, following the fall of the Empire and proceeding the rise of the First Order. It centers on a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
Favreau released the first image of the titular Mandalorian on October 4: the day principal photography for the series began. Disney is reportedly spending $100 million to produce 10 episodes of the series, which will debut exclusively on Disney’s currently unnamed streaming service – though it’s rumored to be called Disney Play.
Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow and Rick Famuyiwa are each officially set to direct at least one of the 10 episodes.
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