As was previously announced, The Mandalorian will be Disney’s first live-action Star Wars television show. It will be exclusive to the company’s new streaming service, Disney+ when it premieres later this year.
Yesterday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, showrunners Jon Favreau, who wrote and executive produced the series, and Dave Filoni, who directed the first episode took the stage to discuss The Mandalorian. They were joined by actors Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers who answered a few questions about their characters and what fans can expect from the series.
The show will focus on a new Mandalorian warrior, played by Pascal, and tell a story that is heavily inspired by the legendary Boba Fett. But what I’m most excited about is that the show takes place about five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This will help to fill in a significant gap in the new Star Wars timeline. Hopefully, it will give us some insight into the rise of the First Order.
Here are a few things that we learned from the panel. You can read more over at StarWars.com.
- The main character’s ship, the Razorcrest, was a practical model, not CGI.
- We can expect a mix of new and familiar aliens, planets, and starships.
- Everyone hired to direct an episode needed to be a Star Wars fan.
- Pedro Pascal was inspired by Clint Eastwood in creating the titular “incredible, iconic” character.
- Gina Carano plays a former shock trooper named Cara Dune.
- Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, the head of a guild of bounty hunters.
- Both Weathers and Carano did many of their own stunts.
- It’s the first live-action Star Wars series and the first time Star Wars has been filmed in the United States.
Check out some of the images from the panel below.
At the end of the panel, to everyone’s surprise, Jon Favreau showed an extended clip from the first episode of the show. And despite warnings from Favreau and other event staff that no one in the stadium was allowed to record the footage, people recorded the footage. We managed to find it so watch it while you can because you know it’s going to get taken down.
What do you think about The Mandalorian? Let us know in the comments below! I was already planning on subscribing to Disney+, but this just gives me another reason to do so.