To coincide with the launch of Disney+, Lucasfilm has released two new clips from The Mandalorian. This serves as not just one of the big anchors to the streaming service's original programming lineup, but it's also the first ever live-action series set within the Star Wars universe. So it's a big deal. And, based on these newly revealed clips, this isn't quite like anything we've seen from the franchise before and it could be the very thing many fans have been waiting for.
The first clip from The Mandalorian premiere episode was initially revealed during halftime on Monday Night Football over on ESPN. The clip sees our titular, armor-clad Mandalorian figure walking into a cantina in the middle of a frozen wasteland somewhere in the dark, seedy corners of the galaxy. He quickly finds himself in the middle of a confrontation with some of the local clientele and things get ugly in a hurry, but not so much for our Mandalorian protagonist, as he can handle himself quite well. The clip concludes with a clever, violent bit that sets the stage for what kind of show we're in for, before cutting away to a teaser that features some previously released footage.
Moving on, the second clip was debuted on Good Morning America and gives us a less violent look at the show. We once again follow our as-of-yet-nameless main character into a situation that sees him chasing down a lead on a sketchy bounty, but one that pays quite well. There are a couple of big hooks for this one. First off, we get to see some Stormtroopers in a post-Return of the Jedi setting. Second, we get a good chunk of Werner Herzog's mysterious character, who brings a good deal of gravitas to a galaxy far, far away, even in just this brief exchange.
The Mandalorian picks up in the wake of the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, but brings us a new figure to focus on. The show is set after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and before the emergence of the First Order, as seen in The Force Awakens. The show centers on a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Game of Thrones) plays the gunslinger in question. Other cast members include Nick Nolte (Warrior), Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Omid Abtahi (American Gods).
The show was created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), who serves as executive producer and writer as well. Season 1 consists of eight episodes, with season 2 already in the works. Disney+ is now available in the U.S. and the streaming service costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually. The first episode of The Mandalorian is available to stream on Disney+ now, with episode 2 set to arrive on Friday, November 15. Be sure to check out the new clips for yourself.