Disney+ is coming, whether you’re already mentally prepared to fork out for another streaming service or not. Those across the pond will have it at their fingertips as soon as 12 November. Us Brits? We’ll get access in early 2020. If you’re reading this while already preparing a list of all of the reasons why you won’t be buying a subscription, then we’re sorry to let you know that you’re wrong. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that with Disney+ also comes The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau’s new, live-action Star Wars TV series, and we can almost guarantee that you’re going to want to watch it.
What is it about?
Set five years after Return Of The Jedi and 25 years before The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian hones in on the fictional planet Mandalore, following a lone bounty hunter as his job takes him to “the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic”. Not much else is known about the plot, but from watching the trailer it looks as though we’ll be taken to the Wild West of Star Wars’ universe, in a place where bloodied stormtroopers’ helmets are impaled with sticks and impromptu fights with space creatures are aplenty.
It’s also been revealed that there is a huge spoiler in the first episode of The Mandalorian that concerns the Star Wars universe as a whole. What exactly this may be remains a mystery, but you might want to avoid any news about the show that might float over from the US when it airs there first.
Who is in the cast?
Expect to see Game Of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal in the titular role, while Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito, Deadpool’s Gina Carano and Carl Weathers are among the supporting cast. And it’s also worth noting some big names behind the camera: while Favreau is the show’s creator, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Better Call Saul) and Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) have all directed episodes, which means that we’re likely in for a cinematic treat.
How long is it?
The Mandalorian is split into eight episodes, which will drop on a weekly basis on Disney+ up until 27 December in the US.
Will it actually be any good?
Early reviews from critics in the US have been overwhelmingly positive, so it looks as though The Mandalorian will be as brilliant as you’d hope. The general consensus is that hardcore fans of the show will love it, but the high production value and new concepts that are introduced could give it an even more far-reaching audience.
How do I get Disney+?
You don’t... yet. But you can sign up for updates on its UK launch via its website. In America, the streaming service will cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, but potential prices for the UK’s version of the platform are yet to be released. Here in the UK we already have DisneyLife, a streaming service that costs £4.99 per month, so there may be a chance that a Disney+ subscription will cost a similar amount. In any case, unfortunately The Mandalorian won’t be hitting British screens until 2020.