"Bounty hunting is a complicated profession ... don't you agree?" Long-awaited live-action Star Wars seriesis coming to the streaming service on Nov. 12, and the name has deep roots in the franchise's history, with links to the armor worn by bounty hunter Boba Fett.
We got a by tweeting a new poster showing the Mandalorian walking away from his ship, with a binary sunset and some Sandcrawlers in the background, on a planet that looks a lot like Tatooine.at in August. The company whet our appetites
Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Game of Thrones) will take on the title role: a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy.in
Pascal will be joined by Giancarlo Esposito (who played Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul); MMA fighter and actress Gina Carano; Emily Swallow from Supernatural; Carl Weathers of Rocky and Predator fame; Down and Out in Beverly Hills actor Nick Nolte; Omid Abtahi from American Gods; Taika Waititi from ; Agents of SHIELD's Ming-Na Wen; and Werner Herzog (who directed and narrated Grizzly Man).
Only a few characters have been revealed so far, including Carano's ex-rebel shock trooper Cara Dune, Weathers' Greef Carga and Waititi's assassin droid IG-11. Wen's casting announcement came early during .
Atin April, Pascal said the Mandalorian is "a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character."
The Mandalorian will work closely with Carga.
Carga is "kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters," Weathers revealed at Star Wars Celebration. "The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done."
The Celebration Chicago panel also revealed that Esposito plays an Imperial -- since revealed to be Moff Gideon -- Herzog's character is some sort of crime boss, and Abtahi's is a doctor.
The Star Wars underworld is a very rich storytelling environment, according to Favreau. He wanted to get back to the tone of the old western and samurai films that inspired George Lucas, and says .
The Mandalorian is one of four shows set in a galaxy far, far away coming to the Disney Plus streaming service. The company announced theover the summer and a focusing on rebel spy Cassian Andor on Nov. 9. Most recently, at D23, Disney announced that Ewan McGregor .
The Mandalorian is likely to be the streaming service's biggest draw, even if. We'll keep this guide updated with all the juicy details for you to gobble up like a hungry sarlacc.
What else do we know?
Lucasfilm has steadily drip-fed information about the show since Favreau was Pre Vizsla -- the violent leader of a Mandalorian splinter group -- in and played pilot Rio Durant in .. It's not his first Star Wars rodeo. He voiced
In summer 2018, Favreau revealed that the show will be Return of the Jedi (so six years after the Empire's final defeat at the Battle of Jakku and 23 years before The Force Awakens) and will focus on all-new characters. We also have a New York Times report that its 10 episodes will enjoy a , which was the rumored cost of first season.after
Directors for some of the episodes:
- Dave Filoni -- and Rebels creator will direct the first episode.
- Taika Waititi -- Directed .
- Bryce Dallas Howard -- Better known for her acting but has directed shorts like Soulmates.
- Rick Famuyiwa -- Directed Dope.
- Deborah Chow -- Directed Jessica Jones and Better Call Saul.
Favreau also shared a photo of a prop that looks a whole lot like that ice cream makery can carried by cult Empire Strikes Back character Willrow Hood -- perhaps an effort to highlight the show's attention to classic Star Wars detail.
Entertainment Weekly also posted one new exclusive shot, just recently, featuring the Mandalorian facing off against two Trandoshans.
The Mandalorian will be among the first projects for ILM TV, the newly announced TV division of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company. It'll be run from a new studio in London.
The show's soundtrack will be Creed II. Göransson's Black Panther score won him on Feb. 10 and on Feb. 25., who scored , and
"In these next months I hope to honor the tradition of Star Wars' musical landscape while propelling The Mandalorian into new and unchartered territory," he said in a statement posted to StarWars.com. "And I will try to remember that there is no try."
On Dec. 25, Favreau gave fans a Christmas present in the form of a shot featuring a droid resembling bounty hunter IG-88 against a green screen -- presumably this is Taika Waititi's IG-11.
The Favreau droid parade continued in the Jan. 29 shot of R5-D4, an astromech that played a small but pivotal role in A New Hope. You might remember him as the droid Uncle Owen initially agreed to buy from the Jawas, until a bad motivator resulted in Owen taking R2-D2 instead.
We got a hint about the show's tone on Feb. 4, when director Taika Waititi mentioned after a Television Critics Association panel that it'll be similar to the original trilogy and that he had to curb the signature comedic instincts he used in Thor: Ragnarok as he directed an episode of the show.
"Star Wars, you know, is just very different to the Marvel style," he said. "They know that whatever was set up in the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to and that's what the fans like and you can't really disrespect it, I guess, is a nice way of saying it. Can't have too many jokes, but there's a little bit. Definitely my tone is in there, with the dialogue and stuff like that."
He also mentioned working on "scenes with like 50 or 60" Stormtroopers.
On Feb. 15, (the same day reportedly posted on social media that the first season of The Mandalorian had wrapped production. The posts were apparently deleted, but it was the first indication that we've had that the show wasn't just a limited series.) crew members
Filoni and Favreau also hinted to Entertainment Weekly that the show will reveal how the state of the galaxy allowed the First Order to rise from the ashes of the Empire, with Filoni suggesting that things got messy on the outer reaches of the galaxy after the second Death Star blew up.
"Things weren't necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that," Favreau told the magazine.
What's a Mandalorian?
They're humans from the Outer Rim world of Mandalore, its moon Concordia and the planet Kalevala, whose story was largely told in The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Their world went through major political upheaval during the Clone Wars and early days of the Galactic Empire's rule, but many of the clans united under the rule of Bo-Katan Kryze after she took control of the. The black-bladed weapon was created more than 1,000 years earlier by Tarre Vizsla (the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order) and became a symbol of leadership.
You probably associate bounty hunters Boba Fett and Jango Fett with the term because they wear the cool armor, but they aren't true Mandalorians. Jango once claimed to be from Concord Dawn, a Mandalorian world, but the government considered him (and by extension, his cloned son Boba) to be pretenders.
Who could be wearing the armor in this new show?
Fans have been clamoring for Boba's return to the Star Wars galaxy despite his fall into the maw of a hungry sarlacc in Return of the Jedi, but there's been no indication that will happen. Kennedy recently confirmed thatbut that could pave the way for his dramatic return in The Mandalorian.
Fans of the Legends material (developed in) will recall that Boba escaped the sarlacc in that continuity and went on to become the leader of Mandalore in a very different post-Return of the Jedi galaxy.
In Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy of novels, Mandalorian armor that's heavily implied to be Boba's is recovered from the pit and worn by former slave Cobb Vanth. Using the armor as a symbol of power, he becomes sheriff of Freetown (a settlement on Tatooine) and offers sanctuary to anyone willing to battle the world's crime syndicates.
The character we've seen could be Cobb -- the area in the first official Mandalorian photo certainly looks like it could be Tatooine -- but his armor is much better shape than Boba's would be; the helmet should be dented and the whole set should show signs of acid damage from its time in the sarlacc. He could've cleaned it up, but surely acid marks don't come out that easily.
Which characters are likely to appear?
We probably won't see any major characters from the movies, since the actors who play the main human characters aren't the right ages and they most likely won't be explored in-depth until after.
However, we might see characters from the CGI animated series. Sabine Wren from Rebels is a Mandalorian. That show was set before A New Hope, but it ended with a flash-forward to a point after Return of the Jedi. We saw Sabine embarking on a quest with former Jedi Ahsoka Tano to find the lost Ezra Bridger.
That's highly speculative, but it'd be amazing to see Sabine (and maybe Ahsoka) in live action for the first time. It's unlikely to be the show's main narrative thrust since it'd demand that viewers have a certain level of foreknowledge prior to starting The Mandalorian.
One of the announced cast members, Omid Abtahi, was the voice actor for Mandalorian cadet Amis in two episodes of Ion Cannon podcast. Given that the Celebration Chicago panel revealed he's playing a doctor, it seems unlikely that he's bringing his role from the CGI animated show into live action (which would be a cool link between the Mandalorians of the prequel era and the time following Return of the Jedi)., as noted by the
What other stories could they draw from?
Star Wars 1313 was a video game that got shelved when Disney actor Wilson Bethel (who recently ).-- Lucasfilm's game development group -- in 2013. We saw an impressive demo for -style adventure before that, featuring
It would've seen players exploring the bowels of the city planet Coruscant -- the title was a reference to its grimy underworld Level 1313 (which later appeared in).
After it was canceled, we found out that Boba Fett was going to be the star and that Kennedy later agreed the concept art was "unbelievable."
"So our attitude is, we don't want to throw any of that stuff away. It's gold," she told Slashfilm in 2015. "And it's something we're spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to."
In that same interview, Kennedy noted that Lucasfilm read through the material Lucas developed for canceled TV show Star Wars: Underworld, which was announced in 2005 and canned in 2010 due to budget constraints. It was to be set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and would have tied into 1313.
Will there be a bounty of Mandalorian merch for us to hunt?
Merchandise hunting is a complicated hobby, but you know you want it. The Mandalorian stuff will hit on Oct. 4, known as Triple Force Friday. That date will also bring merchandise from The Rise of Skywalker and , so expect to see a whole bunch of new toys, collectibles, books and clothes based on the Disney Plus TV show, the movie and the game.
In fact, the upcoming series of 6-inch Black Series action figures may've leaked early -- if you want a look, Instagram user @kylocollector posted a few shots.
This story first published on Nov. 14, 2018, and will be updated regularly.