Jon Favreau keeps doing press for The Mandalorian, which in turn keeps providing us super fans with things to speculate on for the series.
In a new interview with EW, Jon was asked if any Expanded Universe characters, aka Legend characters, could show up in The Mandalorian. In particular, he was asked about Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade, two of the most iconic EU characters to date. Thrawn is no in canon now though thanks to Rebels and the new trilogy of books, but he’s still considered part of the Star Wars EU since he was created by Timothy Zahn.
Either way, when asked, Favreau played coy but didn’t shut down the idea of having characters like this pop up in his show. Favreau said:
“I don’t want to talk about anything that might be fun for people to discover. We do have conversations. Part of what’s fun to see if we could merge the worlds of the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, The Clones Wars, and what’s been considered canon up to this point and what’s been considered part of Legends. I think this show offers an opportunity to bring in all those elements so no matter what your flavor of Star Wars ice cream you like there will be something to enjoy. But you’re asking the right questions.”Jon Favreau – EW
Let me parse that out for you. What he’s saying is, yes, we have, or will be incorporating characters from the EU, but I won’t say who, or confirm anything, because I don’t want to spoil it for the fans, so yeah, you’re on the right track.
Again, this all but confirms we will be seeing some fairly major character from the Expanded Universe, and based on a Filoni quote, I have a feeling the character will be from one of his animated series.
We riffed on the possibility of the character being Sabine, and that she would be played by Ming-na Wen, whose character is being under wraps, in the latest episode of our cast. Other characters could be the aforementioned Mara Jade, Ahsoka Tano, Hondo, Ezra, etc.