Disney fans don't just have Star Wars: Episode IX to look forward to in 2019. When Disney Plus, the company's streaming video service, launches at the end of this year, a show titled The Mandalorian will also be released.
The Mandalorian will be the first ever live-action TV series that takes place in the Star Wars universe. Previously, fans of the franchise have been treated to a number of animated shows, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance.
- The latest news
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian release date
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian plot
- What is a Mandalorian?
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian cast
- These big names are directing
The latest news
April 14, 2019 - Disney unveils first looks at new Mandalorian characters at SWCC
Despite the big movie announcements happening on Friday, Star Wars and Disney still had a couple tricks up their sleeves for the rest of this weekend's Star Wars Celebration.
According to StarWars.com, Jon Favreau, showrunner and writer of The Mandalorian, revealed four new stills and some other information during a panel on Sunday. You can check out the video of the full panel above. Favreau also rolled three minutes of footage showing off Pedro Pascal's Mandalorian character, according to Variety. That, unfortunately, is not available to view in the panel video.
Among the reveal were the first looks at Carl Weathers' character Greef Carga and Gina Carano's character Cara Dune, along with some more details about their backstories.
Greef is described as the head of a guild of bounty hunters while Cara is an ex-Rebel Shock Trooper.
While we caught a first glimpse of the official logo during the Disney+ presentation, we now have a full-fledged version of it.
All the big details
Star Wars: The Mandalorian release date
Disney has confirmed that The Mandalorian will be available to watch on Disney+ when the services launches on November 12.
While we do know the show will be available on day one, we're not sure if the entire show will be available to stream, or if Disney will release episodes on a weekly basis. We're hoping Disney makes the entire show available at once, rather than forcing viewers to wait.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian plot
Announced last year, The Mandalorian is a live action TV series that takes place in the same universe as the Skywalker saga. While the series won't directly feature Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, we know it will take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens, the latter of which kicked off the latest trilogy with Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren.
According to Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian's showrunner and lead writer, the series will focus on a lone gunfighter, who operates on the fringes of the galaxy away from the New Republic's reach.
Over the past few months, Favreau has shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set, revealing a few familiar droids and a great look at the rifle carried by the show's main character. For longtime Star Wars fans, the rifle is a familiar piece of Star Ware lore.
Apparently, the show's main character will use an Amban phase-pulse blaster as his weapon of choice. This is the same weapon that Boba Fett was seen carrying in the Star Wars Holiday Special (which is a part of Star Wars history most people wish never happened).
Outside of a brief synopsis and some set photos, that's about all we know about the show's plot.
The show will premiere on Nov. 12, 2019 as a Day 1 option on Disney+.
What's a Mandalorian?
Identified by their iconic armor, Mandalorians are multi-species warrior people from the planet Mandalore, the most famous of whom is Boba Fett.
In the original trilogy, Boba Fett was a feared bounty hunter who was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo. He later made a small appearance in Return of the Jedi, where he died by falling into the Sarlacc pit.
Mandalorians became more of a focal point in the prequel trilogy when Jango Fett is introduced in Attack of the Clones. Turns out, the bounty hunter serves as the genetic template for an army of clones being produced for the Republic. It's in this film that audiences also meet a young Boba Fett, who is revealed to be a clone of Jango who he is raising as his son.
In addition to appearing in the films, Mandalorians have a much deeper lore in the Star Wars expanded universe, showing up in comics and TV shows. Recently, the New Mandalorians have been introduced, who are pacifist humans who wish to distance themselves from Mandalore's warrior traditions.
Expect Star Wars: The Mandalorian to further explore the mysterious lore of the Mandalorians.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian cast
The Mandalorian features an ensemble cast, with Pedro Pascal as the titular mandalorian.
"We're having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we're up to," said Favreau.
Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian
Gina Carano as Cara Dune
Carl Weathers as Greef Carga
Outside of Pascal's role as the lone gunfighter, it's unclear which characters the other actors will play.
Who is directing Star Wars: The Mandalorian?
In addition to featuring a who's who of actors, The Mandalorian will be helmed by a number of Hollywood's most talented directors.
Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones)
Rick Famuyiwa (Dope)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates)
Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok)