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Star Wars TV Series The Mandalorian News, Cast, Premiere Date, Spoilers, Rumors
Now that the main arc of the Skywalker saga is coming to a close in December with The Rise of Skywalker, Disney is going to need to find a new way to squeeze some money out of this Star Wars franchise. Thankfully there’s plenty of gold to be found in A Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Fresh off the heels of the newly-released teaser trailer for Episode IX, executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni took the stage at the recent Star Wars Celebration to showcase some tantalizing details for their upcoming series, The Mandalorian. The first live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian seems like a bonafide prestige show if there ever was one. While we haven’t seen an official trailer yet, some extremely promising promo images were released, and, in typical internet fashion, there are already several fan-recorded cam leaks of the showcase that screened at the Celebration online, if you choose to seek them out. All in all, there are a lot of new details for The Mandalorian to reckon with. Here’s everything we know.
What’s it about?
The Disney+ streaming show will be set three years after The Return of the Jedi. It follows the exploits of a mysterious new bounty hunter character who’s right now only known as “The Mandalorian.” Jon Favreau announced in an Instagram post in October 2018 that the series will take after the “stories of Jango and Boba Fett,” which pretty much confirms that Mandalorian will follow a lone gunslinger-type navigating the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars universe. If he’s anything like Jango or Boba Fett, he’s probably exploiting the never-ending battle between the Rebellion and the Empire for his own self-gain. Favreau said in his post that this Mandalorian’s “travails” will happen in the “outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”
Based on what we know about the Star Wars universe in this timeframe, The Mandalorian shouldn’t have much trouble finding conflict to explore. Though the galaxy has a new Republic order in place (following the destruction of the second Death Star), the evils of oppressive Empire have not yet been fully eradicated. The leaked footage confirms a lot of displaced Stormtroopers, active Imperial influence still wreaking havoc on planets, and still a whole lot of civil unrest. It’s called Star Wars, not Star Peace, after all.
Carl Weathers in one of the first images released from The Mandalorian, which is the new Star Wars TV series coming to Disney+.
Who’s in it?
Boasting a star-studded cast with some serious Hollywood heavy-hitters, Jon Favreau’s new show is sizing up to be something pretty huge. Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal will be playing the titular bounty hunter, with Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, Carl Weathers, and Werner fucking Herzog all filling out the central cast. Taika Waititi, the mad genius who directed What We Do In Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok, will be playing a droid, in addition to directing an episode of his own. From what we can tell so far, Giancarlo Esposito is likely to be a big villain in the series. io9 reported that, in the footage released at the big showcase, Esposito can be seen ordering a battalion of Stormtroopers to torch a village. That doesn’t sound very nice.
Gina Carano was described at the Celebration as an “ex-rebel shocktrooper,” and based on the official promo image, she bears some striking resemblances to Pvt. Vasquez, the badass gunner from Aliens played by Jenette Goldstein. Also appearing in the show as yet another mysterious unnamed new character is comedian Bill Burr, who, with Esposito, will make two former cast members from Breaking Bad to join the Star Wars universe.
Gina Carano in an early image from The Mandalorian, which is the new Star Wars TV series coming to Disney+.
Who’s making it?
The masterminds of this new series are Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Favreau is a Marvel veteran, and seems to be a new favorite of Disney’s, having directed the live-action Jungle Book remake and the forthcoming Lion King remake. Filoni’s really made his mark on the Star Wars franchise, working at the helm of the fan-favorite animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance. He also directed one of the Mandalorian’s episodes. Other confirmed directors include Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (star actor from Jurassic World and many others), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones). Kathleen Kennedy is listed as an executive producer on the series, with Ludwig Göransson composing the soundtrack.
Where and when can I watch it?
Disney is betting big on The Mandalorian. The series will be premiering with the new Disney Plus streaming network on November 12. The monthly subscription service will cost $6.99 a month and will be home to a ton of Disney streaming content, both new and old.