Everything We Know About Star Wars' Live-Action TV Show: The Mandalorian
Exciting news for Star Wars fans everywhere: a live-action TV series is coming to Disney's upcoming streaming service.
The franchise shows no signs of slowing down and whilst there may have been an influx of late of Star Wars related spinoffs, no one is complaining. Called The Mandalorian, the series will follow the adventures of a gunfighter from the former Imperial-controlled panel of jetpack-clad warriors.
After months of speculation and ever-increasing anticipation, footage for the first Disney+ original series taking place in the Star Wars universe was released to fans at the Star Wars celebration event and believe us: it looks damn good.
Here's everything we know about the series.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man), who will serve as writer, producer, and showrunner for the series revealed the title and story details of the series. Taking to his Instagram, he posted: "After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."
Earlier, Favreau revealed to Nerdist that the series will take place seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, effectively setting up the series as a bridge between the Original and Sequel Trilogies. The series will feature all-new characters, too.
It's news that proves to be particularly exciting for fans of the galaxy. The post-Return of the Jedi timeline remains largely unexplored since the new canon was established whereas the period between the Clone Wars and the Original has been covered almost exhaustively, with two animated series and a film.
This era offers a lot of breathing room and a relatively clean slate between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens which in turn affords Favreau the space to really dig into his creative juices and explore something new and fresh.
As well as being written and executively produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, a number of critically acclaimed directors have also been announced to take the creative lead on particular episodes. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) will be directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiaw (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and GQ's Director of the Year 2017, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
As well as an insight into the story of The Mandalorian, Favreau also shared the first images of the series on his Instagram. His recognisable form can also be seen on set in a bunch of new images posted by Making Star Wars. The site has it on good authority that the huge series is due to start filming this week in an undisclosed location.
It should also be noted that yes, this is a TV series, but don't expect the producers to spare any punches when it comes to delivery. This is no small affair, with The New York Times reporting that the show will "cost roughly $100 million for 10 episodes."
Yep. That's $10 million per episode.
In the sneak preview showcased to fans attending Star Wars Celebration Sunday, stand-up comedian and actor Bill Burr (best known to Breaking Bad fans as Saul Goodman's henchman Patrick Kuby) was featured. Burr might just find himself in a completely different universe, but with a fanbase that's just as obsessive.
One of the other characters is played by the similarly unannounced Mark Boone Junior, best known to TV audiences as Bobby Munson on Sons of Anarchy. In addition to the footage, Carl Weathers will be in the series playing Grief Marga, the head of a guild of bounty hunters.
At the moment however, nothing has been confirmed but fans are already getting excited at the creative casting calls from Disney+ and the showrunners.
The Release Date
The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12, which also happens to be the first day the streaming service launches. The eight episode first season will see the Mandalorian character appear on screen for the first time in a live-action movie or TV series, having previously only been featured in both the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series.