With the release of Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian set to be released in two months, we figured we would put together a rundown of information about the show.
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: 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.
SETTING: Takes place five years after the events of Star Wars: The Return of The Jedi and as the synopsis suggests before the rise of The First Order.
At D23 Expo, the trailer was shown and then unleashed online.
Here are some of the actors and characters in the show, we only know details about a handful of them thanks to the cast dishing to EntertainmentWeekly during D23 Expo.
Pedro Pascal is playing The Mandarloian: A solo bounty hunter that likes to work alone and goes by another name in the series.
Gina Carano is playing Cara Dune: A former shock trooper turned mercenary, she fought in the Galactic Civil War under the banner of the Rebellion.
Carl Weathers is playing Greef Carga: The leader of the bounty hunters guild, Greed asks The Mandalorian to take on an assignment that nobody else wants.
Giancarlo Esposito is playing Moff Gideon: The Moffs were Sector Governors of the First Galactic Empire. But now that the Empire has collapsed, the governors are on their own, and some still have armies at their behest — and this one is rather ambitious. He’s a regional warlord of sorts.
Taika Waititi is playing IG-11: A droid mercenary that gets mistaken for the more famous IG-88.
Julia Jones is playing Omera: Seemingly a villager that seeks help from The Mandalorian and Cara Dune.
Ming-Na Wen – ?
Nick Nolte – ?
Werner Herzog – ?
Emily Swallow – Unnamed Twi’lek Mercenary?
Bill Burr – Unnamed Human Mercenary?
Mark Boone Jr. – Unnamed Human Mercenary?
John C. Reilly – Unnamed Devaronian Mercenary?
The 8 episode series was penned by executive producer Jon Favreau.
Directors include Dave Filoni directed 2 episodes, Taika Waititi directed 1 episode, Rick Famuyiwa directed 2 episodes, Bryce Dallas Howard directed 1 episode, and Debera Chow directed 2 episodes.
The First Order’s origins will be explored in the show possibly seeing how they rose from the ashes of the Empire’s fall in Star Wars: The Return of The Jedi. This was revealed to EntertainmentWeekly by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
FILONI: “This doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars.”
“You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, but sometimes good luck finding one.”
FAVREAU: “Also, what could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order?”
“You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. They’re pretty far along.”
The Mandalorian episodes will be released weekly on Disney+ starting on the streaming service’s launch date of November 12th.
HN Entertainment first reported that second season for The Mandalorian was greenlit before Star Wars Celebration this year. Jon Favreau confirmed the news along with his return as writer/producer while promoting The Lion King this summer.