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As the first series to launch on Disney+, there’s a lot of pressure for The Mandalorian to be good. The first 30 minutes of the new series, set in the Star Wars universe, was recently screened to members of the press and first impressions have been overwhelmingly positive. With the trailer release, however, fans have become super obsessed with one character in particular.
While the first trailer for The Mandalorian dazzled viewers with its special effects, which were a big part of the series’ budget of $120 million, the second trailer unveiled the mysterious identity of another bounty hunter. It was a surprise when comedian and actor Bill Burr showed up in the trailer, shooting off two blasters at an unknown enemy.
Although he’s only in it for a few seconds, Bill Burr looks like he’s having the time of his life. His appearance in the trailer was definitely unexpected, but if fan reactions are anything to go by, then Disney was smart to keep his role under wraps.
Over on Twitter, many celebrated the fact that Bill Burr was going to be in The Mandalorian, though the name of his character has yet to be released.
Meanwhile, another fan cited Bill Burr as the reason they would even watch The Mandalorian. I'm sure Disney will be thrilled to hear of this particular reaction.
Another fan was shocked that Lucasfilm even pulled off putting Bill Burr in the trailer at all, but hey, if nothing else, Disney has always been good at keeping secrets.
Once fans spotted the actor in the two seconds he was onscreen, it was all anyone could talk about. Still, little is known about Bill Burr’s role so far, beyond what was shown in the trailer. However, as the series draws closer to its premiere date, it’s likely that Disney will release even more footage and information surrounding the character.
The Mandalorian is set after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, but long before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s exciting because a series like this expands this fictional universe beyond what’s already been shown in the films and offers a glimpse into what happened prior to the First Order’s rise to power.
The series comes from renowned director Jon Favreau, whose work on the live-action adaptations of The Jungle Book and The Lion King helped shape the exemplary special effects used for The Mandalorian.
The series, which consists of eight episodes, is described as being “unique” by Star Wars’ Dave Filoni in that the Mandalorian character is just a regular guy trying to survive daily life in the galaxy. It’s definitely a storyline the series has yet to explore and, given how focused the main films have been on the Jedi, it’ll be nice to see a more grounded Star Wars story.
Still, expect a lot of big action sequences and for Pedro Pascal to rarely take off his Mandalorian helmet. Otherwise, Disney seems invested in the series. That’s evidenced by the lucrative budget and the fact that the studio has renewed The Mandalorian for Season 2, which has already begun filming.
Check out the exciting new trailer for The Mandalorian below!