The Mandalorian And Grogu Isn’t Going To Disney+ For A Good Reason

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

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In a galaxy not so far away, fans of The Mandalorian are in for a treat as Jon Favreau takes the helm to direct a new feature film that will bring Din Djarin and his adorable companion Grogu to the big screen. Titled The Mandalorian & Grogu, this cinematic adventure is the reason The Mandalorian won’t be returning to Disney+ as the new film essentially acts as Season 4. 

The Mandalorian & Grogu In Production

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At the end of The Mandalorian Season 3, audiences saw Din Djarin enjoying a rare moment of peace on Nevarro, watching Grogu play with space frogs.

Obviously, you can’t keep the protagonists of the story happy forever. The new film hints at disruptions in their tranquil existence, promising fresh challenges, adventures, and an expansion of Star Wars lore.

The Mandalorian & Grogu, is slated to begin production later this year, with a potential release date as early as 2026. The feature will be directed and produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy joining as producers.

Coming To Theaters

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The decision to bring The Mandalorian and his pal Grogu to theaters marks a significant move for the Star Wars franchise, which has been absent from cinema screens since 2019.

This shift aligns with Lucasfilm’s broader strategy, introducing many new projects, including James Mangold’s Old Republic movie and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s New Jedi Order movie.

There’s also a rumor that Dave Filoni’s Heir to the Empire movie will appear in theaters as well.

Opposite Of Marvel

The shift to bring more Star Wars to theaters, starting with The Mandalorian & Grogu, comes at the same time as another wing of Disney’s changing strategy, only in the opposite direction.

In the five years since Star Wars has had a film in theaters, Marvel has had ten films released in theaters.

Now, the MCU is switching gears to release fewer movies simultaneously as the Star Wars universe seems to be ramping up to release more.

Jon Favreau At The Helm

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Given that Jon Favreau will direct the Mandalorian & Grogu, and Favreau has an incredible track record from his involvement in Marvel, this seems like a good move for re-introducing the Star Wars universe to the big screen.

However, even if Favreau weren’t at the helm, The Mandalorian & Grogu would have a good shot in theaters considering the popularity of the series and the fact that the world is simply in love with Grogu.

Cultural Phenomenon

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The small but mighty Force-sensitive being has become a cultural phenomenon since he was introduced in the premiere episode of The Mandalorian in 2019. With Grogu set to star in this film alongside Din Djarin, speculation arises about the character’s potential involvement in other upcoming Star Wars feature films.

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From a real-world perspective, the financial success and merchandise potential of Grogu (also known as “Baby Yoda”) make it unlikely for Disney to part ways with this beloved character anytime soon.

Grogu’s enduring popularity has solidified his place as a cultural icon and a lucrative asset for the Star Wars brand. Likely, this means that The Mandalorian and Grogu’s time on screen is far from over.