With his new (and currently untitled) Star Wars prequel film, acclaimed director James Mangold is poised to take us on an epic journey to the earliest years of the galaxy far, far away, exploring the story of the “discovery of the Force.” At this year’s Star Wars Celebration held in London, Lucasfilm announced a bunch of upcoming movies and TV series, including Mangold’s Star Wars flick that will set the record straight, showing us how it all began. Recently, the Indiana Jones 5 director teased a few tidbits about this mysterious project and what it aims to achieve.
Here’s @mang0ld talking about his #starwars movie which takes place 25,000 years in the past. I COULDNT BE MORE EXCITED James Mangold is making a Star Wars movie. #StarWarsCelebration2023 pic.twitter.com/Dl9mJHc85L
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 7, 2023
The film is being billed as an epic that will explore the birth of the Force and the first Jedi ever to wield it. While speaking to Empire, Mangold shared some crucial tidbits surrounding the project, saying, “It takes place 25,000 years before Episode IV, and it’s about the discovery of the Force.” LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that the movie will explore “the first Jedi to wield the force.” Besides directing, Mangold will also be penning the screenplay for the movie.
“I told Kathy (Kathleen Kennedy) I wanted to make a kind of Bible movie, a kind of Ten Commandments of Star Wars – kind of a Cecil B DeMille film about the arrival of the Force, and that’s what I’ve been pecking away at between press events. That’s the idea.” Mangold told Empire. He then further went on to add, “It’s a movie that both connects to the worlds we know, but is also far enough away from it that I think there’s a lot of opportunities to tell a story freely, also… and not be so incredibly tied in by the knots and different story strands that are already in place.” While details are still being kept under tight wraps, judging by Mangold’s comments, we can expect the prequel/origin film to answer many boiling-hot questions about the Force and how it came to be.
In an interview with Screenrant, Mangold expressed that his movie will attempt to answer the primary question of where the Force came from and how it was found. He said, “The idea of where it all started. To make a Star Wars Zero, if you will. ‘Where was the Force born?’ To me a movie always has to have a question to answer. Some singular thing that you can say it’s about. Not just connecting plot of who built this when and who’s gonna defeat, but what’s it about? And to me this is about this discovery.”
Featured Video from Man of Many