Disney has released the second trailer for its highly anticipated Star Wars show, The Mandalorian, and it got the job done to hype it up. Add that to the fact that exclusive previews have been met with incredible critical praise, and we have reason to be very excited about what’s to come. In anticipation for the series’ release, here’s everything you need to know about it so you’re ready when the time comes.
What’s it about?
Set seven years after Return of the Jedi, the story will follow entirely new characters as they struggle to survive in some of the most desolate and dangerous corners to be found on the Star Wars universe. More specifically, the show is about a Mandalorian gunfighter working in the outermost regions of the galaxy.
Mandalorians are essentially human beings that live either in the Outer Rim planet of Mandalore, its moon Concordia, the planet of Kalevala, or other related worlds under Mandalorian influence. The Outer Rim, as its name suggests, includes the star systems that lie at the edge of the galaxy in which the Star Wars stories take place.
Some Mandalorians (or Mandalorian pretenders) are known to have become famed bounty hunters. The self-declared Mandalorian Jango Fett and his cloned son Boba Fett are notable examples: both have appeared on the Star Wars films and on many related media, and are well-known for wearing the characteristic Mandalorian armor that we’ll be seeing on the show.
Pedro Pascal, known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones, will be leading the show as the main protagonist, the armor-clad Mandalorian gunfighter. The rest of the cast includes Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) Gina Carano (Deadpool) Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator) Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) Emily Swallow (Supernatural) Nick Nolte (Down, Out in Beverly Hills) Omid Abtahi (American Gods) Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD), and Julia Jones (Westworld).
Serving as writer and executive producer is Jon Favreau, best known for his impressive history with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He directed the first and second Iron Man films, where he also played the role of Tony Stark’s lovable bodyguard, Happy Hogan.
He’s also known directing such films as Elf (2003), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Jungle Book (2016), and The Lion King (2019), as well as starring in Daredevil (2003), The Break-Up (2006), Couples Retreat (2009), and Chef (2014), and appearing in several episodes of Friends.
What should I expect?
The show is going to expand on the vast Star Wars universe from a different perspective than many other films and spin-offs, reportedly attempting to go back to the roots of the franchise.
During April’s Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Pascal told fans that the Mandalorian is, “a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character.”
Favreau declared he wanted to recapture the tone and feeling of the old western and samurai films that initially inspired George Lucas to create Star Wars in the first place, a vision that guided the franchise’s first trilogy.
But it will also be its own thing, adding more elements of these genres into the story and overall setting which will make The Mandalorian something like Star Wars meets Mad Max, according to Favreau.
Where can I see it?
The Mandalorian will be coming exclusively to Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, and is anticipated to be one of the platforms biggest initial draws. Consisting of 10 episodes in total, the show will not be released in its entirety on a single day, adopting a weekly release model rather than Netflix’s popular binge approach.
When is it coming out?
Ah, the big question. The first episode for The Mandalorian will premiere on November 12, with the second one coming November 15. That will be followed by weekly installments on November 22 & 29, and December 6, 13, 18, & 27.
Fortunately, that means we don’t have to wait much longer to enjoy it.
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