Showrunner Jon Favreau has brought several animated characters to life in the “Star Wars” Disney+ series “The Mandalorian.”
The latest episode from season 3 of “The Mandalorian,” titled, “The Pirate” even brought Zeb Oreelios from “Star Wars Rebels” into live-action. With even more live-action characters set to appear in the Disney+ series “Ahsoka,” fans can’t help but wonder if the “Jedi” video game series will eventually make the jump into live-action as well.
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The “Jedi: Fallen Order” video game was released in 2019 and takes place five years after the events of “Revenge of the Sith.” The third-person action game follows the journey of Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis after he escapes Order 66. Cal battles Inquisitors, meets up with the crew of the Mantis, and develops his connection to the Force over the course of the game, which does not end there.
The sequel, “Jedi: Survivor” is about to be released later this month on April 28 and even features a tie-in book titled “Jedi: Battle Scars.” With so much Star Wars lore playing out on video game consoles and in books, many fans are wondering if Cal Kestis will eventually get the Disney+ treatment.
Jon Favreau Discusses Giving The ‘Star Wars Jedi’ Video Games Series A Disney+ Series
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Showrunner Jon Favreau and creative director Dave Filoni were asked about seeing the popular video game series being turned into a Disney+ live-action series on the Entertainment Weekly Star Wars podcast Dagobah Dispatch.
Favreau noted that the Disney+ series “The Book of Boba Fett” did include a BD unit that appeared at Peli Motto’s hanger on Tatooine. It’s not the same BD-1 unit that serves as Cal’s companion in the game, but it is a nod to the droid.
Unfortunately for fans hoping for a resounding, “Yes!” Favreau played coy about the possibility that they were planning on giving Cal, and his actor, Cameron Monaghan, the live-action treatment.
“We really appreciate all the good Star Wars stories that are being told across multimedia,” Favreau said. “I think one of the things I’m most proud of about what we’re able to accomplish with this show is to pull in different sets of characters and storylines, and each generation and each group connects with a different aspect of Star Wars.”
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“I love that we are able to incorporate things that I remember from when I was 10, things that feel like deep cuts and Easter eggs — like the rifle that he uses was from the Holiday Special, or the camtono, which was the ice cream maker from Willrow Hood,” he continued, noting that the series will continue to make references to other things to build continuity.
Favreau specifically referred to the “prequel sequels, The Clone Wars, and even expanded universe aspects that we could all pull into our show so that there’s something for everybody, no matter what you connect with. With Star Wars, this is a place where all the Star Wars fans are welcome, and hopefully, they’re enjoying the show.”
Cameron Monaghan Would Love To Play Cal In A Disney+ Series
In December 2022, Entertainment Weekly talked to Cameron Monaghan about the possibility of reprising Cal if he ever did appear in live-action. “I love this character,” he replied. “They’re starting to explore him through other mediums — we have a novel coming up.”
“It’s been really amazing doing it within the video game space because I think games are vastly under-explored and underutilized, and are only really getting their due in this moment,” he continued. “People are looking at games and seeing they’re incredible and moving and significant.”
“So my priority right now is to make sure we have a satisfying arc within the games. What happens or where Star Wars wants to go from there is anybody’s guess, but I can say I love Cal and it’s been a joy finding him over the past few years,” he added. “So we’ll see.”
Fans have their fingers crossed that they’ll get to hear more news about the video game franchise at Star Wars Celebration, which takes place in London from April 7 – April 10.