When filming the TV series “The Mandalorian” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes

The Mandalorian Enlisted the Help of Stormtrooper Group the 501st Legion

After running low on Stormtrooper costumes for the two most recent episodes of The Mandalorian, team members behind the Disney+’s live-action Star Wars series enlisted the help of a local fan group.

Apparently, a particular scene filmed for The Mandalorian Season 1’s closing episodes required more Stormtrooper costumes than the crew had on hand. As such, series creator Jon Favreau and Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni reached out to a local chapter of the 501st Legion. The 501st legion are a fan-based Star Wars organization dedicated to building and wearing screen-accurate costumes of Imperial Stormtroopers, among other villains from the franchise.

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6 thoughts on “When filming the TV series “The Mandalorian” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes”

  1. Benjamin_Stark

    Must have been a dream come true for these fans.

  2. AraAraWarshipWaifus

    The 501st Legion is actually a really big global organisation that predates the prequels, in fact they have really strict specifications you have to follow to get approval for your set of armour. And members really take care for attention to detail and accuracy.

    George Lucas himself added them in canon in Episode 3, that’s why now the blue-marked clones are known as the 501st, they’re a homage to the real life legion.

    It’s no wonder a local branch was brought as extras. They basically already have to spec Disney costumes.

  3. IAmTheClayman

    Long live the 501st.

    But seriously, it’s my dream to get my propmaking skills up to the point where I can make a suit that qualifies to join them. Such an awesome, talented, and genuinely kind group

  4. Yanrogue

    The 501 also does a ton of charity work and things for kids. One of the best fanbase when it comes to giving back

  5. ManOfLaBook

    If you watch the “Directors Talk” episodes on Disney+ the last episode has a wonderful segment on this. The “Directors Talk” show (short segments 20-30 minutes long) has wonderful insights in the process of making the show and I highly recommend watching it, even if you don’t watch The Mandalorian or have any interest in Star Wars.

    My personal favorite was watching the faces on of the other directors when Bryce Dallas Howard talked about being a five year old girl sitting in a meeting with her father (director Ron Howard), George Lucas, and legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (which Hollywood has been ripping off for decades). Dave Filoni’s episode The Jedi (S2E5) was a wonderful tribute to Kurosawa’s work.

    Edit: the show is called Gallery Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

    Thank you for the correction

  6. donnyfreakofficial

    Disney didn’t have a big enough budget for stormtrooper costumes?

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