Black Panther’s Ludwig Göransson to write score for The Mandalorian

Ludwig Göransson will write the score for the upcoming Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian. His credits include Black Panther, Creed, Creed II, Venom, Fruitvale Station and he’s also worked with Donald Glover.

The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+, which is expected to launch late next year. The series is filming now.

“Words fail to express how surreal and humbling it feels to be invited into the Star Wars universe,” Göransson said. “I am deeply grateful to Jon Favreau and Disney for this opportunity and to John Williams for raising the bar so high with his iconic, intrepid scores — they will never be matched. In these next months I hope to honor the tradition of Star Wars’ musical landscape while propelling The Mandalorian into new and unchartered territory. And I will try to remember that there is no try.”

Rumor roundup: IX filming and the ever-present trailer speculation

Making Star Wars has some details on Episode IX filming. Ducks! (Not a spoiler. Well, maybe a spoiler.)

Also, a reminder that while there’s (always) speculation, we have zero legitimate reasons to believe we’re going to get a look at Episode IX this month. That said, tomorrow is the one-year-out mark. I’d wager that our next bit of news will probably be the film’s title: The Force Awakens was announced in November 2016, and The Last Jedi in January 2017, so we’re in that range. Maybe J.J. will drop us another picture. But actual footage? Unless it’s something for Force for Change, don’t count on it it.

Yes, it’s hard to wait. But it’s also nice to have a December off from the madness. I dunno, maybe I’ve been blogging this stuff for too long. 

Now, for our other production-in-production, MSW also has some hints at familiar figures we might see in The Mandalorian.. Or if that doesn’t do it for you, how about supposed details on Nick Nolte’s character? He’s not what any of expected.

Bye bye tiny BB-8s: Sphero drops out of licensed toy business

One of the most delightful bits of merchandise to come out of the sequel era is no more: Sphero is dropping out of the the licensed product market, which means there won’t be any further BB-8s, BB-9Es or R2-D2s out of the company. They’ll continue to support the apps for two years.

The company sold “millions” of BB-8s, their first Star Wars toy, but “the licensed toy business required more resources than it was worth,” per The Verge.

Rumor: Will we see someone familiar in The Mandalorian?

As with any new Star Wars project, there’s been plenty of speculation as to what existing characters we’re likely to see in The Mandalorian. We saw plenty of Mandalorians in The Clone Wars and Rebels, and with Dave Filoni on board the series, there’s a good size list of characters that could make an appearance. In their latest report, Making Star Wars has some evidence which might point to the involvement of an important animated character. And also the Avatar sequels are involved. Sort of.

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Confirmed: Pedro Pascal and the cast of The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian cast list is finally official: StarWars.com reveals that Pedro Pascal will lead the series as “a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte are also confirmed, and we’re hearing about Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), and Omid Abtahi (American Gods) for the first time.

The series is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau. Dave Filoni will be directing the first episode and serving as executive producer. It will debut on the streaming service Disney+, which launches next year.