Star Wars Celebration has basically dominated all cross-media talk this weekend, with Friday’s huge trailer drop for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and then yesterday’s panel for EA’s Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, one of the bigger game releases of Q4, and now we turn back to Disney+ which made headlines earlier this week with its content and pricing reveal. Furthering that hype, Celebration played host to The Mandalorian‘s panel, the streaming series written and showrun by Jon Favreau. The first live-action Star Wars television series takes place five years after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows a lone gun-fighter in the Boba/Jango Fett mold.
Basically, for those who’ve thought those two guys have always looked pretty cool but rarely have added up to much in live-action, this is the series for you! It also looks to be leaning heavily into the franchise’s Western and Samurai film roots.
At the panel, there wasn’t a lot of detail revealed, but it was confirmed that Pedro Pascal would be playing the title role, and he’s joined by Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi.
A few castmembers took the stage today, alongside Favreau, LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy, and Dave Filoni (who is directing the first episode); of them, Carano shared that her character, Kara Dune is “a bit of a loner and having a bit of trouble reintegrating (herself) back into society”, while Weathers plays Greef Karga, who runs a group of bounty hunters and comes across The Mandalorian.
The series will feature an interesting slate of directors at the outset, including Filoni, Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Deborah Chow.
The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. At the panel, footage was debuted, but was not made available for public viewing. Instead check out the photos below for a taste of what’s to come.
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