The Mandalorian & Grogu Receives HUGE Tax Break to be Filmed in California

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The Mandalorian & Grogu Receives HUGE Tax Break to be Filmed in California

The Star Wars franchise is set to make history as it plans to shoot a film entirely in California for the first time, and it comes in the form of “The Mandalorian & Grogu” movie. The Golden State has committed a substantial amount in tax incentives, offering a whopping $21,755,000 in conditional tax credits for this upcoming Jon Favreau-directed film.

While it remains uncertain if Pedro Pascal, a SAG Award winner, will reprise his role as Din Djarin and team up again with the adorable Baby Yoda for “The Mandalorian” movie, what is clear is that the $21,755,000 tax credit allocation ranks among the largest in the history of the California Film Commission-run program.

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To put this into perspective, “Mandalorian & Grogu” falls just short of the $22.4 million awarded to the Transformers spinoff “Bumblebee” in 2017. However, it surpasses the more than $20.8 million granted to “Captain Marvel” seven years ago and the $20.2 million allocated to Quentin Tarantino’s supposed final film, “#10,” in September.

The production is estimated to hire 500 crew members, 54 cast members, and 3,500 background players for 92 filming days in California throughout the year. With this extensive undertaking, “The Mandalorian & Grogu” is expected to generate a record-breaking $166,438,000 in qualified expenditures and below-the-line wages.


While this film aims to be the first Star Wars movie entirely made in California, it’s worth noting that “Return of the Jedi” had some of its exteriors filmed in the state back in the early 1980s. In the current context of California facing a significant $73 billion deficit and an entertainment industry undergoing challenges, “The Mandalorian & Grogu” emerges as a significant job creator, particularly at a time when the industry is navigating through a post-strike landscape.

The Disney/Lucasfilm production takes the lead, surpassing Disney/Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” in terms of qualified expenditures and below-the-line wages that will flow into California’s economy. While “Captain Marvel,” partially filmed in Louisiana, injected $137 million into the California economy during its production in 2018, “The Mandalorian & Grogu” is poised to make an even more substantial impact, offering a glimmer of hope for the industry’s revitalization.


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