The Mandalorian – What We Know So Far

This past weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney released a whole slew of information regarding upcoming projects. We got a confirmation that Ewan McGregor was going to be donning his Jedi robes again as Obi Wan Kenobi in a Disney+ TV series, We were given a new sneak peek at some footage from the upcoming Rise of Skywalker, and we were shown the official trailer for the Mandalorian, the flagship original series airing on Disney +.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer, check it out in all it’s glory below.

The trailer is only a minute and a half long but I can honestly say that i enjoyed it more than the entirety of The Last Jedi. Am I saying that TLJ was a bad movie? Absolutely. I will give Rian johnson credit, where credit is due. Looper and Brick were great films, The Last Jedi was not. A lot of it has to do with his particular style, which works in more independent pictures perfectly. But when you have a massive franchise like Star Wars with a very critical fan base with certain expectations, it’s definitely not a smart move to try and experiment with the film. Killing off one of the figureheads of the whole franchise… probably not the smartest call, but JJ did the same thing in The Force Awakens, so… ya… moving on….

SETTING

We know that The Mandalorian show takes place in the period between the end of the Empire and the rise of the New Republic. Jon Favreau released a description of the show that says it takes place roughly 5 years after the fall of the Empire at Endor, during the rising of the New Republic before the emergence of the First Order. It takes place mostly in the Outer Rim and areas close to Wild Space where the influence of the Republic is barely felt or seen.

This means that we’re going to get to see the seedy underbelly of the galaxy that was always hinted to in previous movies. When Sir Alec Guiness said “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious”, none of us actually knew just how dark and seedy the underworld could be. Looking back now at all the things that Obi Wan went through in the Clone Wars and the Prequel trilogy, I think it’s safe to say that he giving us a nice heads up about how dangerous the underworld in the Star Wars galaxy could be.

It looks to be taking place on a very windswept planet which will work well with the Western style feel that Favreau is going for. There is no official name for the planet or planets that the Mandalorian will find himself on, but I have a feeling we might be seeing some familiar planets from the edge of Wild Space, maybe Batuu?

CAST

We know that long time fan favourite Pedro Pascal (of Game of Thrones and Narcos fame) will be playing the titular role of the Mandalorian. Not much is known about the title character other than he is a very effective bounty hunter and is descended from the Mandalorian system (obviously).

Gina Carano (Deadpool and Fast & Furious 6) is set to appear in the series as a former Rebel Shock Trooper who has taken refuge on the planet where the Mandalorian’s contract takes him. It’s unclear how hers and the Mandalorian’s path will cross but from the shots we got of her in the trailer, she looks to be ready for any fight that comes her way.

Giancarlo Esposito portrays Moff Gideon, a high ranking Empire official that received a section of the galaxy when the Empire fell. In the trailer we see him with a squad of Death Troopers made famous from Rogue One and he does look menacing.

Carl Weathers is set to portray the leader of the bounty hunter guild, Greef Carga. His guild is said to have hired the Mandalorian to track a valuable asset, the name and nature of which has not yet been revealed.

Nick Nolte will appear in an undisclosed role and Taika Waititi will voice IG-11.

Other than that we don’t know very much about this show. Disney has gone to Marvel levels of secrecy for this project only dishing out what they want the public to know ahead of time. While John Favreau is the mastermind behind the show he also requested the help of Dave Filoni (the mastermind behind the Clone Wars animated series) to help him with writing the show. While Filoni and Favreau wrote the show, they brought in several guest directors to direct individual episodes and allowed these guest directors to put “their own stamp” on their episodes. Several guest directors were announced including: Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow along with Dave Filoni and Favreau himself.

Ludwig Göransson is set to compose the original score for the show. Disney is so confident that this show will be a hit that they have already greenlit it for a second season ahead of it’s initial release. John Favreau has already written the scripts for season 2 and pre-production is underway.

The Mandalorian is set to release on Disney+ on November 12, 2019 in North America.

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