It wasn’t very long ago that the world was introduced to Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian, and ever since then, the adorable little green guy – formally known as Grogu – has taken audiences by storm, catapulting The Mandalorian into the limelight as one of the most popular TV shows to hit the small screen recently, along with being a hysterically popular piece of Star Wars material. The growing popularity of the Disney+ series has led fans to ask – will we ever get to see Grogu make his big-screen debut in a Mandalorian movie? According to recent interviews with the show’s executives, it’s a definite possibility.
In a recent interview regarding the future of the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian EP Rick Fumayiwa shared his thoughts on whether or not Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Baby Yoda would be making the jump from TV to film – according to him, it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially given how Lucasfilm tends to “blur the line” between their Star Wars TV series and the mainline films, a habit that was highlighted by the recent Luke Skywalker cameo in the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. Fumayiwa, who’s written and directed several episodes of the series, admitted that he “wouldn’t be surprised” by a Mandalorian film because “there’s so much storytelling happening now in Star Wars”, per an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“[T]here’s a large storytelling community within Star Wars that is very active on the series side and continues to be active when it comes to what may be happening with the films moving forward,” Furayiwa added, giving a nod to the widely-shared audience desire for a film centered around Din Djarin and his little green buddy.
Rick Furayiwa & Jon Favreau on Listening to ‘The Mandalorian’ Fans
Rick Furayiwa’s fan-based comments also echo sentiments shared by The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau in a similar interview discussing the Disney+ series and how the show is interacting with the Star Wars community as a whole.
‘We like to pull everybody together,” Favreau told Comicbook.com. “Much like at the conventions, when you go to the conventions, you have people from all different parts of the world dressing up as different characters all having a ball together. I think that really captures what my experience has been with the fans, and so we try to just acknowledge and draw in as much as we can and give acknowledgments that we’re paying attention to everything going on in Star Wars and try to include it in the show.”
If fans are being listened to as Furayiwa and Favreau say they are, then a Mandalorian movie seems like a certainty that’s not very far off at all. No official word has come from Lucasfilms to confirm or deny the existence of such a film, of course, but the idea that it’s a possibility in the first place may be enough to push the studio into action – audiences will just have to wait and see if Baby Yoda will get his 15 minutes of fame.
For now, be sure to catch The Mandalorian on Disney+. New episodes premiere Wednesdays.