Disney and Lucasfilm hope to fill in the 30-year gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens with an upcoming television series made specifically for Disney+. Dubbed The Mandalorian, the series follows a lone gunfighter continuing the legacy of Jango and Boba Fett in an adventure set several years after Boba Fett’s death, and the entire first season will be a flagship series for the Disney+ launch in November.
It’s a lawless time in the Star Wars galaxy shortly after the fall of the Empire, especially for the Mandalorian as he roves the Outer Rim of the galaxy.
The Mandalorians are a proud race of warriors prone to civil wars. Their planet was eventually taken over by the Empire for a time. Jango Fett and his adopted clone-son Boba Fett wore Mandalorian armor but weren’t Mandalorian themselves, so it’s also possible this new gunslinger will do the same. Who knows what kind of action-packed adventures he’ll go on. Is he also a bounty hunter? Is he another Jango Fett clone that Boba Fett trained as a child?
We’ll know when The Mandalorian emerges on the Disney+ streaming service, but here’s everything we do know so far.
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.
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 antihero? A straight-up bounty hunter villain like his predecessors?
What Is The Mandalorian’s Release Date?
The first episode of The Mandalorian will be released when Disney+ launches on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
In the February 27, 2019, episode of The Star Wars Show, hosts Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni announced The Mandalorian had officially wrapped production, so it’s possible that the rest of the series will be released in weekly installments following the November launch.
Is There a Trailer for The Mandalorian?
There’s no official trailer for The Mandalorian yet, but Lucasfilm released a lot of footage during Star Wars Celebration in mid-April. There’s an extended series of scenes in which the masked Mandalorian receives a bounty contract to track someone down and return them unharmed. There’s also a more traditional trailer. Neither of these have been released to the wider public yet.
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 shocktrooper 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 IG-88, a bounty hunter droid who shared his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back with Boba Fett. We can take this as confirmation that Waititi voices the droid.
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 Boba Fett, but perhaps even smarter.
Who’s Writing and Directing The Mandalorian?
Executive producers on the series include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson, with Favreau and Filoni sharing duties as the primary showrunners.
Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) have all served as additional episode directors.
Have Any Set Photos Leaked for The Mandalorian?
A few, but nothing too major. The biggest leak so far was probably this image showing a couple of Stormtroopers hanging out on set, which suggests that the Empire (or at least its foot soldiers) could still play some sort of role on the show.
Since then, Lucasfilm has released a few official images via the official Star Wars blog
The Mandalorian will probably be released on Disney+ when the service is released sometime in fall 2019.