The Mandalorian is less than two weeks away and chatter surrounding the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series is starting to ramp up. Much of that is due to general excitement from fans, but we've also got a new reason to talk about and speculate upon the show, as it's been revealed that the first episode will contain a big spoiler that goes far beyond the series. This is a "universe" spoiler. Now the question becomes, what could it possibly be?
Critics have screened footage from the series, but none have seen a full episode yet. That's not going to change until Disney+ launches on November 12 (more on that in a minute) but a little something has made its way out into the world. The report in question, which is a much larger profile on the show, buried this little spoiler nugget within its contents. Not the spoiler itself, but just the fact that it exists.
"The Mandalorian, which contains a dramatic Star Wars universe spoiler in the first episode and will be available the moment Disney Plus starts, has been as heavily promoted as a traditional feature film, with billboards, 30-second television commercials, radio spots and digital ads."
"Dramatic" and "universe" are the two keywords there. It implies this isn't going to be some small thing. Like it's not going be about Wicket the Ewok starting a family after the second Death Star blew up or anything like that. It also implies this will have wide-ranging implications that go beyond just this show. With that in mind, it makes sense to also learn that Disney and Lucasfilm will not be sending out screeners to members of the press in advance to preserve "any surprises and plot twists." That means full reviews for the show won't be coming out ahead of the premiere, unless Lucasfilm decides to make a few exceptions.
The Mandalorian, which is executive produced and written by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), takes place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and centers on a lone gunslinger, whose name we still don't know, operating on the Outer Rim. This is largely about bounty hunters and the scum and villainy side of a galaxy far, far away. Not so much about Jedi and the Force, so far as we know. Plus, this is a time period that hasn't really been explored on screen yet. As such, there is ample opportunity for a dramatic reveal. But without further context, speculating about what it could be is nearly impossible.
The cast is led by Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) in the title role. The ensemble is rounded out by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Omid Abtahi (American Gods) Nick Nolte (Angel Has Fallen) and Werner Herzog (Jack Reacher). The show's first season consists of eight episodes, with season 2 already well underway. The Mandalorian premieres on November 12 on Disney+. This news comes to us via the New York Times.