MSW sources have some interesting information about filming recently conducted for Star Wars: The Mandalorian. As time as gone on it seems more and more likely that The Droid Gotra will have a presence in Star Wars: The Mandalorian. Gotra means “clan” in Sanskrit. The droid clan has been mentioned in everything from the Tarkin novel to the Dr. Aphra comics and more. What is interesting is that IG-88 is apparently affiliated with the group and we have seen evidence the droid appears in the series with other droids that have a bone to pick with their enemies.
IG-88 has recently been seen on set, filming his close-ups, and being the star that he is on the set of The Mandalorian. The old-time bounty hunter isn’t just standing around either–we’ve had credible reports about blasters being fired and he’s riding speeder bikes and attacking enemies.
I was concerned that perhaps it was just an IG Assassin Droid like we saw in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But the droid is being referred to as IG-88 and appears to have the same bandolier. It does appear that Bossk might be in the series as well but we can’t confirm the Trandoshan is actually Bossk himself, but it does appear to the case. So apparently IG-88 and Bossk are very likely to appear in Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
How cool is that a droid we saw back in 1980 that could barely move is going to have action sequences and a larger purpose in the Star Wars story in 2019? It has been said that Jon Favreau started this story when he was a really young and how could anyone leave two of the best Star Wars action figures ever out of that tale? It does seem to make sense.
Here you can also read a very brief history of IG-88’s head from the original trilogy.
The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney+ in 2019. Disney+ will also premiere the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Sometime in the next year production on a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series will go into production for the streaming service.