It looks like Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni has a whole lot of influence over the galaxy far, far away.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy just recently spoke in an interview with Vanity Fair about Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s pilot episode director, and according to Star Wars’ head honcho, Filoni has become one of the key figures in the storytelling team at Lucasfilm.
Though the Lucasfilm executive didn’t really go into detail about Filoni’s involvement in each of the Star Wars projects that he’s been in, Kennedy says that the Star Wars: The Clone Wars producer has been an invaluable resource in shaping the future of the franchise.
“There isn’t a thing that we do in the storytelling space that I don’t check with Dave,” Kennedy admitted in her interview with the entertainment news outlet, “What I find about Dave is you don’t just sit down and have a discussion about plot or review characters inside the Star Wars world. You end up having meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what it is we’re trying to say inside the storytelling. He has a lot of empathy.”
Filoni first joined the Star Wars saga when he helped develop the animated Clone Wars feature film which later on turned into an entire television series. Since then, Filoni has become an important member of the franchise. Now, the producer is working as an episode director on Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars live-action series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to release on November 12, 2019.