Disney and Lucasfilm will fill in the 30-year gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens with The Mandalorian, a television series made specifically for Disney+ that follows a lone gunfighter continuing the legacy of Jango and Boba Fett (at least in a vague capacity). The story is set several years after Return of the Jedi, and the entire first season will be a flagship series for the Disney+ launch in November — which means it’s coming very, very soon.
We’re talking about a lawless time in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after the fall of the Empire, so this story of a bounty hunter will probably feel a lot like a Western. The Mandalorians are a proud race of warriors prone to civil war, and their planet was eventually taken over by the Empire for a time. The second official trailer for The Mandalorian implies that the title character is indeed from that planet. That wasn’t the case for Jango Fett or his adopted clone-son Boba Fett, who wore Mandalorian armor but weren’t Mandalorian themselves.
We still don’t know much about who the Mandalorian is, and we won’t know much more until the series emerges on the Disney+ streaming service because press won’t be receiving any screeners before the series debuts.
Here’s everything we do know about The Mandalorian so far:
Is there a trailer for The Mandalorian?
Lucasfilm released some Mandalorian footage during Star Wars Celebration in mid-April, but a minute-long trailer (above) was released to the public on Friday, August 24 in the midst of Disney’s D23 convention. An even more extensive second trailer (embedded at the top of this article) was released October 28, 2019.
The first teaser was rather cryptic and took place on a desert planet resembling Tatooine. There are stormtrooper helmets staked into the ground, Carl Weathers paying the Mandalorian for some work, and plenty of action. “Bounty hunting is a complicated profession,” Werner Herzog’s crime boss says. The tone is decidedly more violent and mature than typical Star Wars shows/movies.
The October trailer is a more sweeping look at the excellent action and graphics to come in The Mandalorian, hinting that we might get prequel-era flashbacks and offering a tantalizing look at the future of Star Wars without the Skywalkers. The overall plot is still a bit difficult to discern based on how this is cut together, but there are a few tidbits we can glean.
What is the plot of The Mandalorian?
The Mandalorian occurs after the Empire’s final defeat and before the First Order emerges, specifically 5 years after Return of the Jedi. At D23 in August 2019, showrunner Jon Favreau commented on the setup for the series, saying “chaos reigns because there’s no central government in the galaxy and so it degrades into a world where, like the old samurai movies and the old Westerns, where the gunfighters are roaming and people are fighting for their own safety.”
While the New Republic emerges to restore order to a fractured galaxy, there are still many systems outside of its jurisdiction. More commonly referred to as “Outer Rim territories,” these lawless planets will likely serve as the setting here. Think of the Wild West of the Star Wars galaxy.
We don’t really know anything concrete about the story of The Mandalorian. Is he a good guy? Some kind of anti-hero? A straight-up bounty hunter villain like his predecessors? All of these might be true, but if he really is from Mandalore, then he should have clan markings on his armor. But he doesn’t, so does that make him a poser?
Some rumors indicate that a later episode in Season 1 could involve members of Yoda’s alien race, but that remains unconfirmed.
What Is The Mandalorian’s Release Date?
The first episode of The Mandalorian will be released when Disney+ launches on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
The Wrap reported on August 24 that Similar to Hulu or DC Universe, Disney+ will add an episode each week — with 8 episodes in the first season — to the streaming service rather than dumping entire seasons all at once. Assuming episodes drop every Tuesday, the Season 1 finale will be available on December 31.
Who’s in the cast of The Mandalorian?
In early November 2018, Pedro Pascal — who played Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones — was confirmed as the lead role of the Mandalorian.
Gina Carano (Angel Dust from Deadpool) was soon after confirmed for another leading role. By April 14, Lucasfilm had released the first official image of her and announced she was playing Cara Dune, a former Rebel shock trooper who has trouble adjusting to regular life.
Nick Nolte was also cast in a role as of November 2018, but the part remains a mystery.
By December 2018, Deadline reported the cast had filled out by adding Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi into the mix.
At Star Wars Celebration in April, Weathers’ role was confirmed as Greef Marga, the nefarious leader of a bounty hunters guild.
Series showrunner Jon Favreau shared an image on March 21 via Instagram of Waititi recording lines as a droid that looks like IG-88, the bounty hunter droid who appeared in The Empire Strikes Back with Boba Fett. Waititi will voice a different bounty hunter droid: IG-11. Both within the show and in real life, the droid often gets mistaken for IG-88.
Herzog teased to IndieWire in March 2019 that his “small part” was as a “real villain.”
His character also appeared prominently in the footage during Star Wars Celebration. He’s some kind of crime boss akin to Jabba the Hutt, but perhaps even smarter.
By the end of D23 in August 2019, Entertainment Weekly reported that Esposito was playing Moff Gideon, a regional warlord who once served as a governor under Imperial rule.
The Mandalorian will premiere with the launch of Disney+ on November 12, 2019.