Not so long ago in a galaxy that's, well, the exact same one is living in now … Lucasfilm unveiled all-new looks at the first-ever live-action Starwars series The Mandalorian,
During the series' panel at Star Wars Celebration on Sunday, April 14, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, The Mandalorian writer Jon Favreau, and the series' executive producer Dave Filoni took the stage to usher in the first footage for the upcoming show, plus a batch of new photos, a helping hand of character details, and intriguing information about the plot.
Now confirmed to take place five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and ahead of when the First Order rises, The Mandalorian explores the time following the Rebellion's rousing victory over the Empire. Favreau revealed that he was inspired by Western movies and Samurai movies, as well as the time of tumult in the years post-American Civil War. Hey what's so passionate about the idea that wound up becoming The Mandalorian that he penned four scripts before he even pitched the series to Lucasfilm. Having collaborated with Filoni on the animated series Star Wars The Clone Warson which Favreau actually voiced a Mandalorian named Pre Vizsla, Favreau shared his idea and the remainder of "instantaneous" history.
"If you look all over history, it's fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly.[[The Mandalorian on]the idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what it took to take over the new republic, "Favreau shared." You have vestiges of the Empire. You only have the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy. "
Mandalore, the home to the Mandalorians and the villainy.
The Mandalorian centers on one unnamed Mandalorian, played by game of Thrones and Narcos actor Pedro Pascal. Previously released information described Pascal's mysterious character as "a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy from the New York Republic," and Pascal confirmed that during the Star Wars Celebration panel. The actor also says, "Some might say he has questionable moral character, which is in line with some of our best westerns, some good samurai, all the good stuff, he's a badass. "
Until this year's Star Wars Celebration, we only knew which actors would join Pascal for The Mandalorian, but not the characters they would play. The minds behind the show did not reveal the names of Alles the characters at The Mandalorian Gina Carano and Carl Weather's portray.
Carano, the former MMA fighter and actress known for Haywire and Deadpool, is set for the role of Kara Dune, who served in the Clone Wars as part of the Grand Army of the Republic. "She's an ex-Rebel shock trooper," Carano said, adding her character, "I'm a bit of a loner – which is not a far stretch – and I'm having a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society." "
As for Weathers, who famously played Apollo Creed in the Rocky movie franchise and Al Dillon in Predator, wants to portray Greef Karga, the leader of a guild of bounty hunters who forms part of an alliance with the Mandalorian. "He is a guy who is running this group of bounty hunters," Weathers said of Greef. Mandalorian … he hires this guy who sends him out there, and Mando does what he needs to be done. "
Photos of Carano and Weathers in character as Kara and Greef flashed across the screen during The Mandalorian's presentation, as did two new snaps of Pascal suited up as Mando and the series' sleek logo.
While an official trailer for The Mandalorian Starring Celebration presentation were all kinds of kick-ass – plenty of cool enough to quench that Starwars thirst of yours. Unfortunately, those who tuned into the live stream of the panel did not get to the footage, as it was screened only to people in the room and not to fans at home. But worry not: we have the lowdown on what was shown, courtesy of io9,
Favreau and Filoni first unveiled a behind-the-scenes featurette, then rolled out the footage to Star Wars Celebration attendees.
The clip opens on the Mandalorian speaking with Greef Marga, who offers him bounties, the highest of which is about 5,000 credits. The Mandalorian says he has 5,000 credits – and Greef seems to agree, he says the task. "Underworld?" Mando asks, then takes a card from Greef and walks away.
Cut to the next scene, which shows one kowakian monkey lizard roasting on a spit and another inside a cage, ready to be grilled and devoured. Jabba the Hutt's palace in Jabba the Hutt's palace in The Mandalorian walks through the streets of New York City, Dotted with droids and aliens and other critters Return of the Jedi, The door opens, and a TT-8L / Y7 gatekeeper droid greets Mando and scans the card from Greef.
A gonk droid then leads the Mandalorian through a hallway into a room filled with stormtroopers. Inside, sitting at a table, is a man who appears to be their leader: the character played by Werner Herzog. He has Mando that he knew he was coming, and that Greef has called him "the best bounty hunter in his parsec."
Another door opens and a man, portrayed by American Gods actor Omid Abtahi, enters. Mando draws his gun on the man (in part because he's surprised and partially because of the reaction in a force of habit), who quickly explains that he's a scientist. The Stormtroopers pull their weapons on Mando as he flashes his gun, and none of them back down.
"We have four to one," one Stormtrooper says. "I like those odds," Mando quips back.
When the standoff ends, Duke's character hands Mando a piece of beksar, the super-strong alloy the Mandalorians craft their armor out of. "Go ahead, it's real," he says, explaining that Mando wants to get more money if he delivers the mark alive. Mando has failed the mission – which Herzog's character apparently would not mind, stating that a dead person is giving the mandate. On the other hand, the scientist states that "that's not what we agreed upon." Herzog's character then says, "I'm just being pragmatic."
Mando finally accepts the deal, which does not give him a puck on his bounty but instead a FOB that tracks the target and half of an eight-digit ID number … that's 50 years old. Herzog's character also relays to the Mandalorian where the mark was last located. That information, plus the FOB and the identification number, should be enough for the talented Mando to carry out the mission without a hitch.
Herzog's character then says, "It's nice to be back in the hands of a Mandalorian." It's nice to restore things after a period of disarray. " Cue the title card for The Mandalorian and the Lucasfilm logo.
From there, the trailer evolves into a sizzle reel: there are shots of Mando's in a fight with Kara outside a cantina, peeks at Empire bounty hunters, the Mandalorian's Razor crest ship through the galaxy, and Stormtroopers from the Empire. Herzog's character delivers a monologue over more footage, and he reportedly details how the Empire "every single one of it touches," and that the world is filled with nothing but "death and chaos". Then, see Giancarlo Esposito's character show up. Just looking at the way he looks, he's a villain, flanked by stormtroopers. He instructs the troopers to "burn them out."
We get extra shots of aliens – from Twi'leks to Jawas and even a Devaronian – plus a droid that some speculate is voiced by one of The Mandalorian's directors Taika Waititi. Another character, played by Bill Burr, appears with two blasters in hand. He fires at a spaceship as another character pilots a TIE fighter. Boba Fett's blaster rifle. Then, in the slow motion, the Mandalorian smacks a Stormtrooper in the mask, then raises his gun.
There's no telling when Lucasfilm wants to release the trailer for The Mandalorian, but if the footage is the same as what is shown at Star Wars Celebration, fans are in for a killer time.
The Mandalorian is set to premiere exclusively on Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney +, at launch on November 12.