The Mandalorian is a live action Star Wars TV show coming this fall to the new Disney+ Streaming service! Here is everything we know so far. Helmets on, range finders engage!
When and Where to watch:
The Mandalorian will be available for Subscribers to the new Disney+ Streaming service on the day of its launch, November 12th, 2019. The show will be released on a weekly release schedule to start. So no, you won’t be able to binge the full series right out of the gate Netflix style. The Disney+ service will cost just $7 a month to subscribe. A reasonable price for even the stingiest of Bounty Hunters.
The show will be written and Executive produced by Jon Favreau, who is no stranger to Mandalorians. Favreau voiced the leader of the Clone Wars Mandalorian Deathwatch, Pre Viszla. Joining in to add even more Mandalorian experience will be Clone Wars show runner Dave Filoni, who will be directing the premiere episode of the new show along with assisting with Executive Producer duties. The other episode directors confirmed thus far include Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow and Rick Famuyiwa. Joining Favreau and Filoni in the executive producer chairs will be Lucasfilm, Ltd. president Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson and Karen Gilchrist. Ludwig Goransson has been tapped to write and compose the score for the show.
The Mandalorian himself will be played by Pedro Pascal. Pascal is most known for playing the suave and deadly Prince Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones. Joining him for the premiere season of the show will be a cast including: Gina Carano playing Cara Dune, a former Rebel forces Shock Trooper adjusting to life after the Empire. Carl Weathers, the head of a Bounty Hunters Guild named Greef Carga. Carga was seen giving the title character bounties to fulfill in the footage shown exclusively at Celebration Chicago last month. Other confirmed cast members include Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Bill Burr and Nick Nolte. Nolte is notorious for almost landing the role of Han Solo for the original Star Wars film and now he will finally have a chance to leave a mark on the Star Wars universe.
The Mandalorian will take place in the Era of the New Republic or about 5 years after Return of the Jedi, according to executive producer Jon Favreau. In an era that has barely been explored in the post Disney merger/new canon experience, this is an exciting time period for our soon to be icon to show us around in.
Planets, Ships and Aliens:
The Mandolorian‘s ship is named the Razorcrest. Favreau described it as “an old army surplus gunship” at The Mandalorian panel at Celebration Chicago as well as confirming that they used practical effects, similar to those used with models for the Original Star Wars trilogy, as well as mixture of newer age CGI effects. Along with the main character’s ship, the exclusive footage showed at least one Tie Fighter used for scenes in this first season. The creatures and inhabitants of the show will include plenty of familiar types and well as some new ones. Confirmed from exclusive footage at Celebration were a slew of recognizable Star Wars aliens and faces. Twi’leks, Jawas, Devaronians, Gonk droids, Stormtroopers, an IG-assassin droid and yes, a BBQ’d Kowakian Monkey Lizard. As for the worlds of The Mandalorian, Favreau promised a similar arrangement. New places as well as some old favorites.
Armor and Props:
Yes, The Mandalorian will upgrade his armor throughout the season. The first full photo of the title character was shown at Celebration Chicago in his brown mix and match armor and chrome helmet. The setup appears to me a mixture of custom Mandalorian armor and imperial Shoretrooper pieces. There were also images shown that appear to be later in the season of the Mandalorian wearing a chrome set of armor that matches his helmet in scheme. Favreau confirmed that the Mandalorian’s primary rifle seen at the panel and from promo images released on Starwars.com is indeed inspired by Boba Fett’s weapon from The Holiday Special cartoon.
That about covers what we know so far. For more information keep your T-visors tuned to Starwars.com as well as Jon Favreau’s social media pages for behind the scenes looks and be sure to tune in this November for an exciting new chapter in Mandalorian History!
Post written by Solus Raam.