The Mandalorian will be released in November
To make sure that people watch its new streaming service when it launches later this year, one of the first original TV shows that Disney will offer is The Mandalorian – a live-action series set in the Star Wars universe. Launching on November 12, there will be eight episodes in the first season, which features an all-star cast.
Those who know their Star Wars will recognise the Mandalorians as a race of warriors from the planet Mandalore, who often don armour, use hi-tech weaponry and rent out their skills as bounty hunters – Jango Fett and Boba Fett from the movies are both Mandalorians, and the title character of the TV show (played by Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal) certainly has a similar appearance.
The TV show was created by actor and filmmaker Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man), who also serves as a writer, showrunner and executive producer. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, Favreau explained at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago event recently why he felt this would be an interesting time period to focus on: “You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy.”
In addition to Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool) plays Cara Dune, an ex-Rebel shock trooper; and Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed in Rocky) stars as Grief Cargo, the head of a guild of bounty hunters that ends up hiring the Mandalorian. Also featured are Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Nick Nolte (48 Hrs, The Prince of Tides), with filmmaker, actor and comedian Taika Waititi (director of Thor: Ragnarok) voicing a robot bounty hunter, IG-11.
Find out more when the series drops in November.