Jon Favreau Confirms IG-88 Will Appear In ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’

“I’ve been monitoring you, Jon Favreau.”

Well this was a pleasant surprise yesterday, apart from the presents, the extra food during Christmas dinner and my Grandma’s homemade chocolate moose pudding, with a layer of chocolate cake at the bottom. I don’t think any of us were expecting this Jon Favreau to announce on Christmas Day, of all days that IG-88 would be appearing in next years The Mandalorian. But as Palpatine would say:

A very welcome on indeed. Now obviously like most people, I was busy yesterday. Family round for Christmas, eating, drinking and having a merry time. I just scheduled the Hub to post Christmas themed Star Wars memes for the day. That and I did get quite tipsy by the evening, I’m already a bit dyslectic. I didn’t want this to be unreadable.

Anyway, I’m rambling, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Back to IG-88.

So yes, yesterday during Christmas Day, Jon Favreau (Writer and Producer) of The Mandalorian revealed over on his personal Instagram account this behind the scenes image, along with wishing us all a “Merry Christmas”:

Once again the folks over a Making Star Wars were correct on their insider information. If you want credible leaks, follow MakingStarWars.net. They ain’t batting zeroh.

“IG-88 has recently been seen on set, filming his close-ups, and being the star that he is on the set of The Mandalorian.” Making Star Wars reported. “The old time bounty hunter isn’t just standing around either, we’ve had credible reports about blasters being fired and he’s riding speeder bikes and attacking enemies.”

As most Star Wars fans know, IG-88 was one of many Bounty Hunter hired by Darth Vader to track down the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It should also be mentioned that another Bounty Hunter from that same scene, Bossk is rumoured to appear as well.

Even though the droid only appeared for a few seconds, he quickly became a fan favourite, appearing in many comics and books in Star Wars Legends. Even appearing as one of the “Bosses” in the game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. Proving to be quite difficult to many gamers. Hopefully he is just as intimating in The Mandalorian as he was in Shadows of the Empire:

That voice, that cold calculative voice. Hopefully it’s just as chilling in The Mandalorian. Though at this moment in time, it has not be said that if he’ll be an ally to Pedro Pascal’s Character or will be one or THE series Antagonist. My interest has peaked even more now for this series.

During the announcement of the series, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy expressed her excitement at the first live action Star Wars series, praising Favreau’s contributions.

“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform, Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”

So, are you looking forward to seeing IG-88 in action? I surely am.

Written by Connor Heggie