'The Mandalorian' Is Bringing 'Star Wars' To TV, And It Looks Legit
No Boba Fett, but there's big talent behind the upcoming Disney series.
While Star Wars fans are righteously drooling over the inevitable release of Episode IX this December, there's more cause to turn into a blubbering mess of excitement in 2019. The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV series, premieres this year as well. It's the prospective flagship series for Disney's new streaming platform, Disney Plus, which will also debut sometime in 2019. Perhaps we'll get both at once.
Whenever The Mandalorian arrives, fans should get pumped. This is not some run-of-the-mill TV show. Written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, the limited series boasts a $100 million budget over eight (rumored) episodes. Here's the official synopsis via StarWars.com:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the 'Star Wars' universe. 'The Mandalorian' is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic...
Early rumors regarding the series speculated Boba Fett would be the title Mandalorian (people from the planet Mandalore) in question, but Disney went in another direction, handing the iconic helmet to Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) to play an entirely new character. As the summary says, the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and before the events of The Force Awakens.
Pascal isn't the only talented actor to join the show. The cast also includes Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and, incredibly, Werner Herzog. No word yet on who's playing who, but Carano is an ass-kicker. She'll play a warrior. Esposito and Nolte seem like Jedis, but who knows. Maybe Carl Weathers will play a Calrissian? Herzog will hopefully play a Sith Lord or Jedi of ancient wisdom. The German filmmaking legend should not be wasted.
Favreau also took care choosing his directors. Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Dave Filoni, and Deborah Chow will each helm at least one episode. Speaking at the Television Critics Association this week, Waititi talked about bringing his own style to the Star Wars universe while staying true to the original trilogy. "The tone of the first films really should be adhered to, it’s what the fans like. You can’t disrespect it. Definitely my tone is in there." The Thor: Ragnarok director continued, "It was amazing... Favreau is a genius… It’s fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It’s (strange) to see a stormtrooper, and then when you’re doing a scene with 50 or 60 of them, it’s amazing."
The Mandalorian looks great on paper. Most feature films don't have this kind of talent surrounding it. However, this is the most exciting thing to emerge from the show thus far:
The first image released is totally sick and worthy of the material. We may not be getting the Boba Fett story, but we are getting a different, more stylized version of his armor, and that's big. I think many Star Wars fans identify more with the look of Boba than the character himself. As long as the Mandalorian looks like he belongs in the Star Wars universe, fans will get onboard. This image says it all.
Details are still coming in on The Mandalorian so watch out for more news in the months ahead. Favreau has posted some returning old friends and other stuff to check out in the meantime...