George Lucas may have sold LucasFilm to Disney, but he’s still the maker and gave his input into what a certain important character on The Mandalorian should be named. The big man behind Star Wars has been seen on the sets of The Mandalorian from time to time, sitting alongside Dave Filoni, his heir apparent, and creator Jon Favreau. During the making of Season 2 of Mando, George was around, and according to actor Simon Kassianides, suggested that a character be named “Axe”.
Later on, when Kassianides was cast as Axe Woves, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni told him themselves that it was George who suggested that someone be named Axe. “And they said that the day that George Lucas visited the set, he was sitting there and just suggested that there should be a character called Axe, quite randomly. But from that moment onwards I thought, ‘I better get my textbooks out.; I mean humbling, right?”
The actor probably considers himself very lucky especially since George has kept a distance from the creative process, so for him to casually suggest the name of a character and to end up being that character, must be pretty satisfying. Axe Woves kept everyone guessing as to which side he was on, but ultimately ended up choosing to help his people defeat Moff Gideon and take back their planet in Season 3.
Meanwhile, Ahsoka is the next series set to be released on Disney+. George Lucas was very much a part of the creation of The Clone Wars, and even in the creation of Ahsoka as a character. No word yet on whether he visited the sets of Ahsoka, but he was around when Rosario Dawson filmed her debut as the live action version of the character on The Mandalorian.
As for The Mandalorian, Season 3 is streaming now on Disney+. There’s no news yet on exactly when we can expect Season 4 to film, or even a possible release date for the series. Ahsoka releases in August, and who knows, perhaps, if we’re lucky enough, George may have offered some creative input for this series.