Ahead of the kickoff of D23 later today, the official Twitter account for The Mandalorian released a poster for the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ show that made clear the series will revisit one of the most iconic settings in the franchise: Tattooine.
While Tattooine is an unappealing, dusty sea of desolate beige nothingness, at first glance, the desert planet has played a pivotal role in the Star Wars galaxy. It’s the native planet of the Skywalkers and where we meet some of the series’ most important characters for the first time, including Luke, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Han Solo and Jabba the Hut. It’s also home to Mos Eisley spaceport and the Sarlaac pit, which presumably continues to digest poor old Boba Fett during the time period of The Mandalorian.
Here’s how we know that the location in the new Mandalorian poster is definitely Tattooine. There’s a prominent pair of twin suns, evoking the classic scene from a A New Hope in which a restless young Luke gazes toward the horizon. (You can watch it again below.) The poster also features spindly moisture vaporators, just like those dotted all over the Lars homestead. A pair of rhomboid sand crawlers can even be seen on the horizon behind the titular Mandalorian, an enticing hint that the show may feature some no-good Jawas up to their usual stealing and scheming. Disgusting creatures!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published earlier this week, showrunner Jon Favreau mentioned the early Tattooine scenes of A New Hope were the ones that most captured his imagination growing up.
“I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film,” he said. “Not just the first film but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars.”
While The Mandalorian will likely explore other new and familiar worlds in the Star Wars galaxy, the prominence of Tattooine in the poster, coupled with Favreau’s comments, seems to suggest this will be the character’s main base of operations. We’ll likely be spending a lot of time in Mos Eisley, exploring the port town beyond its cantina and hangar bays. Maybe Favreau will give fans a glimpse at Tosche Station, which a petulant teen Luke complained about being unable to visit in A New Hope. Or perhaps we’ll finally learn what the hell Death Sticks are.
The Mandalorian follows a lone gunfighter in the far reaches of the Outer Rim, and takes place in the period of the New Republic. This means it’s set after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens. The Disney+ series’ formidable cast includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and more. Disney is expected to release a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars series later today, during a panel set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ launch day, November 12.