Executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni pulled back the curtain at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago to give fans a first look at the Disney+ series The Mandalorian today. Favreau announced the eight-episode series exclusive to Disney + will debut on November 12th. Jon wrote the script and pitched it to Lucasfilms while editing Iron Man back in 2008.
The series takes place after 1983’s The Return of the Jedi and before the villainous First Order rose to replace the Empire. Favreau said he wanted to look at the days after the Rebellion’s victory in Return of the Jedi, taking inspiration from westerns, Samurai films and even the years after the American Civil War.
“If you look throughout history, it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over,” said Favreau. “You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy.”
Favreau said he’d always loved the tone of the Catina —the seedy bar from A New Hope where Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo — and found that underworld to be a “rich environment” in which to tell a story.
“The Mandalorian is a mysterious, lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character, which is in line with some of our best westerns, some good samurai. All the good stuff,” said Pascal. “He’s a badass.” Pascal recalled being called in for a mysterious meeting with Favreau for “something Star Wars” before he was cast.
Gina Carano plays Cara Dune in The Mandalorian. Carano revealed her character is an ex-Rebel Shock Trooper. “I’m a bit of a loner,” Carano said. “I’m having a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society.
Carl Weathers plays Greef, head of the guild of bounty hunters. “He’s looking for someone to bring a product to a client. It’s worth a lot,” said Weathers. “Guess who he finds? He finds a bounty hunter named Mandalorian … he hires this guy, sends him out there, and Mando does what needs to be done.”
Stay tuned for more details on the Mandalorian!
Source: Disney, Lucasfilms, The Hollywood Reporter