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Disney+ is on the way, and with it will come the first ever live-action Star Wars television series. Suffice to say there's a ton of hype surrounding The Mandalorian, and people are eager for any and all details regarding the show. Those in search of answers need look no further, because we've got quite a few right here.
What Is The Mandalorian About?
The synopsis for The Mandalorian talks about a lone gunfighter who's hanging out on the Outer Reaches of the galaxy away from the watchful eye of the New Republic. Why that detail is important is unknown, although specifically mentioning this person is living in an area the good guys don't have a solid handle on could be telling. Is this gunfighter a bad person doing bad things, or a formerly bad person seeking redemption?
The synopsis also name-checked characters like Jango Fett and Boba Fett, and likened the gunfighter to a character similar in that regard because he's a warrior. This might be because all three characters are tied to Mandalore, which explains the title of the story well enough. Is this gunfighter directly related to Jango and Boba, or is the connection more based in the fact that most Mandalorians are warriors, mercenarys, or bounty hunters?
When Will The Mandalorian Premiere?
The Mandalorian's premiere date is a bit of a mystery at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can't rule out some possibilities for a release date. For example, Disney+ isn't expected to launch until "late 2019," so expecting it to premiere before then would be foolish. With that in mind, it's looking like we may not see the show until 2020.
On the flip side, The Mandalorian completed principal photography in February, and while there's no telling how much longer in the process is left before it's ready to roll, we're still a long way out from the end of 2019. It's not a guarantee, but it would seem that there is some chance that there's enough time to work on The Mandalorian so that it could be ready for the launch of Disney+.
Who Has Been Cast In The Mandalorian?
Pedro Pascal has been tapped to play the title character, and is joined by an impressive cast of actors. Known actors include Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi. Also, The Mandalorian is being graced by a rare performance by Werner Herzog, so there's really something special happening here.
It's really hard to guess what each actors' role will be, or whether or not these actors are playing humans, droids, aliens, good guys or bad guys. One thing that is worth mentioning is that Omid Abtahi voiced a Mandalorian in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which could possibly mean he's reprising the role of his character. Anything could happen at this point, so, hopefully, more details will emerge to take away some of the mystery ahead of the premiere.
What Characters Are Involved In The Mandalorian?
IG-88: Star Wars fans may recognize this Droid, who was only seen briefly as one of the bounty hunters enlisted by Darth Vader to track down the Millennium Falcon. Fett ended up getting the better of the Droid, and his remains were seen in a scrap heap at Cloud City. Does Jon Favreau's picture, which he posted to Instagram, tease he's been rebuilt, and is back out doing what he does best?
R5-D4: R5-D4's involvement was teased by Jon Favreau, although the picture doesn't guarantee he's actually a part of the show. The character was first seen in A New Hope, and was the Droid who malfunctioned and led to Luke and Owen taking R2-D2 instead. The character was last seen on Tatooine, which obviously leaves open the possibility that The Mandalorian takes place (at least in part) on that planet or that someone from Tatooine transported him there. Who could it have been?
Who's Behind The Scenes At The Mandalorian?
The Mandalorian has acclaimed director and actor Jon Favreau behind the wheel, and he's done a good job at bringing some other incredibly talented people into the mix. On the directing side he has the likes of Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Dave Filoni. That's right, the guy behind some of Star Wars' best animated outings is getting in on the live-action fun.
If there were an all-star team of directing talent, this group would make the lineup. Then there's Favreau doing the writing, and sharing executive producing duties with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. If the reported budget of the show wasn't enough evidence, this lineup of individuals is proof enough that Disney wants to give this project all the tools it needs to be as good as it can be.
What's The Mandalorian's Timeline?
The Mandalorian takes place following the events of the Galactic Civil War and before the emergence of the First Order. For those who need that in movie terms, this is after Return of the Jedi, and some time before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Given that the synopsis teased it was before the emergence of the First Order, one may speculate this adventure happens closer to Return of the Jedi than The Force Awakens.
That seems to line up with photos seen from The Mandalorian thus far, which tease older droids that first came into being during the original trilogy. Granted, droids like C-3PO and R2-D2 have lived through multiple eras, so that by no means guarantees anything. Additionally, The First Order's rise to power took around three decades to become fully realized, so that's quite a bit of territory for this show to play with.
Early Theories About The Mandalorian
Right now the biggest theory surrounding The Mandalorian is that Boba Fett is in some way tied to this series. This is rooted in the fact that a solo film for the bounty hunter was nixed to develop this show, the fact the characters' armor look similar, and the premise of the show. Oh yeah, his rival and a droid from the last planet he was on are also involved, so it's possible he may show up.
Another theory has some thinking The Mandalorian is Cobb Vanth from the Star Wars: Aftermath novel. The character was a former slave of Jabba The Hutt who made a name for himself as a gunfighter after the destruction of Jabba's palace. He's also said to have a set of Mandalorian armor, and some believe the set belonged to Boba Fett. His initial life on Tatooine would explain R5-D4, and him owning Fett's armor could convince IG-88 that his rival is alive.
Other vague theories have speculated that various characters from the Star Wars universe will make an appearance, either from films or the animated shows. That seems like a safe enough bet, as the Star Wars universe has always been big on interconnected events and giving smaller characters a chance to shine in other projects. Star Wars Rebels seems like a show that could have some characters crossover, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will actually happen.
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