The Mandalorian’s Dave Filoni Claims ‘The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson Trained Him?!

Dave Filoni, executive producer on The Mandalorian, got his start in Star Wars working on the popular animated series Clone Wars and Rebels.

And while The Mandalorian seems to be scratching that Star Wars itch for oldschool fans who were disenfranchised by Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, Filoni reveals it was the director of that trilogy’s most controversial installment that has been mentoring him in the ways of live-action directing.

It would appear that Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, has apparently been giving Filoni some pointers behind the scenes.

According to Star Wars blogger Itchy Bacca on Disney Star Wars is Dumb, Filoni is quoted in the book The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian as saying he was right next to Johnson during filming of The Last Jedi and that Johnson taught him how to block a scene.

Below is a tweet from Twitter user @OGStarwarsAB that shows a scan of the except.

It’s ironic that Johnson, who has received the ire of much of Star Wars fandom not only for his (mis)handling of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi and for his Twitter attacks on the fandom, has had a hand in shaping how fan favorite Dave Filoni makes the transition to live-action.

[Hat Tip: Bounding Into Comics]


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1 COMMENT

  1. Fan favorite? Ironic? Dave’s two episodes in season one were the weakest. I didn’t even have to look at which ones he did, it was the two I struggled to stay awake for. Then he was given a softball to hit out of the park this season, and it was full of disjointed fights and amateur dialog. I do fully agree, he was mentored by the Johnson.