'The Mandalorian & Grogu' movie launches a wave of 'Star Wars' news

The 'Mandalorian' pair heads to theaters while the 'Game of Thrones' dudes discuss their abandoned project. PLUS: Cruise and WB team up, 'The Last of Us' casting news, and Seth Meyers gets a tattoo.

'The Mandalorian & Grogu' movie launches a wave of 'Star Wars' news
The Mandalorian and Grogu in The Mandalorian. / Lucasfilm

Happy Friday and welcome to a new edition of Popculturology. There’s a ton to get to this week, with a bunch of Star Wars news ready to lead us off.

“What’s the point of being a billionaire if you can’t have somebody killed?” We watched the latest episode of Fargo on Thursday night. What a fantastic season. Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dave Foley, Joe Keery, Sam Spruell. (Hey, this is a great moment for Hamm to host SNL.)

We’re still playing catchup when it comes to our TV watching after traveling for the holidays. I’ve fallen behind on both Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (a must-watch) and For All Mankind (has it gotten good again?)

Once again, we’re still watching a lot of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in our household. I come to you this week with new questions: What are the child labor laws in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that allow Prince Tuesday to put Daniel to work stocking grocery shelves? Does Prince Tuesday looking both ways as a crossing guard imply that there’s a second Trolley out there?

I’m sorry to bring this up. It’s now my burden.

While Substack backtracked a bit when it comes to their Nazi issue, I’m still researching new homes for the newsletter.

And finally: Go Bills.

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The Mandalorian and Grogu in The Mandalorian. / Lucasfilm

The Mandalorian & Grogu head to theaters

The Mandalorian and Grogu are making the jump to the big screen.

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that The Mandalorian & Grogu will now lead the slate of Star Wars movies set to bring the franchise back to theaters. Jon Favreau will direct the film, producing it alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Dave Filoni.

“I have loved telling stories set in the rich world that George Lucas created,” Favreau said in a statement. “The prospect of bringing the Mandalorian and his apprentice Grogu to the big screen is extremely exciting.”