While many people are speculating about the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we have been more curious about the new live-action Star Wars television series for Disney+, The Mandalorian. During this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, fans got their first glimpse at the upcoming series and even was presented some exclusive footage that showed what was going on behind the making of the new series.
The Mandalorian is set five years after The Return of the Jedi. Jon Favreau explained that he was drawn to the question of what happened after the celebration. It makes sense. We have the Empire fallen and the euphoria has faded, now, it is time to see what the galaxy has become after their new-found freedom.
This new show is for everyone. According to the creators, if you have been a fan since 1977, the show will be deep in history and offer you a lot. However, if you are someone that has never seen the franchise, you will be accessible to you and stand up on its own. That would seem to make sense. Read the Wikipedia for Return of the Jedi and you are good to go. This is an area of time that we have never experienced before.
For those of you that devoted a lot of time into those Expanded Universe stories, it seems that some of those elements will make a return. At one point, Favreau and Dave Filoni name dropped the EU and noted that Star Wars attracts so many different groups of people with different interests. With The Mandalorian, they want to create something that brings them all together. Favreau noted, “And everything from the original trilogy that I was more of a fan of when I grew up, with the prequels and then the sequels, the Clone Wars, and even some of legends and starting to bring some of that EU stuff back in.”
You can expect the show to fill in certain historical gaps. Favreau explained that they talked a lot about the history of the Jedi and the Mandalorians, specifically asking, where is the Mandalorian during the original trilogy and even the prequels? “So now we’re coloring in the missing tiles here.”
Pedro Pascal’s The Mandalorian is the anti-hero. As Pascal explained, his character is a bounty hunter and a gunfighter. “The Mandalorian is a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” He continued, “Some might say he has questionable moral character, which is in line with some of our best westerns.”
Gina Carano is Kara Dune. Carano began, “She’s an ex rebel shock trooper,” an elite soldier in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. She continued, “I’m a bit of a loner – which isn’t a far stretch – and I’m having a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society.”
Carl Weathers is Grief. ”He is a guy who is running this group of bounty hunters. He’s kind of the head of this guild of bounty hunters.” Weathers further explained that in the show, Grief is looking for someone to go after a product to bring to a client that’s very valuable. Guess who he finds? A bounty hunter named The Mandalorian and then, “The Mando does what needs to be done.”
The show has a diverse team of directors. The panel put the spotlight on the four individuals brought in to helm episodes in addition to Filoni. There’s Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. The prerequisite was that all of these directors had to be a fan and love Star Wars. They’re all coming at the material from a different perspective and a different generation, which ties right into the goal to make The Mandalorian a show for everyone.
The Mandalorian’s ship is practical! One of the most striking portions of the panel focused on The Mandalorian’s ship, The Razorcrest. One might expect something like this to be designed using digital effects but The Mandalorian team took a cue from the original trilogy and made a miniature. Favreau pointed out that Star Wars has to feel practical and explained that the Razorcrest is reflective of an old army surplus gunship.
Filoni added, “We started talking about the process of building a model and there was a lot of interest in that. Then we started hearing about Jon building a model in his garage.” A finished shot featuring this Razorcrest miniature was in the teaser trailer screened at the panel. It was impressive all on its own, but hearing about the passionate and extremely enthusiastic behind-the-scenes journey required to make it happen made it even more memorable.
The Mandalorian—which also stars Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, and Giancarlo Esposito—premieres on November 12.