The first trailer for The Mandalorian is here. Disney's D23 Expo is currently taking place and that means we're getting a whole bunch of news directly from the Mouse House about their many upcoming projects. One of the biggest areas of focus is on Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service. Star Wars is naturally going to be a big part of the service. Now, one of the biggest things in the history of the franchise, not to overstate it, has just been revealed in the form of this first trailer for the first live-action series set within a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars, ever since its debut more than 40 years ago, has mostly been associated with the big screen. Nine saga movies and a couple of standalones. But there has been talk for years now about bringing the franchise to the small screen in live-action form. George Lucas was famously deep in preparation on a series set in the prequel era before he decided to see Lucasfilm to Disney. He even had tons of scripts written, which are now just sitting in a vault somewhere. So this idea has been kicking around for some time and Lucasfilm has finally made it a reality.
The franchise has had success on the small screen before, only in animated form. Before Disney started making new movies again, many fans looked to The Clone Wars animated series for new storytelling in this universe. Under the Disney era, Dave Filoni (who also serves as a producer/director on this series) gave us Star Wars Rebels, which, for some fans, is one of the best things that has happened since Disney took over. More recently, Resistance has been on the air as well. But this is on an entirely different level.
The Mandalorian centers on a lone gunslinger (played by Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Pedro Pascal) who is trying to make his way out in the far reaches of the galaxy. This takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and prior to the events of The Force Awakens, which is a time period that hasn't really been explored in live-action yet. The rest of the cast includes Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods) Nick Nolte (Warrior) and legendary German filmmaker/actor Werner Herzog, who is playing a villain in the series.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), is heading up the series as a writer/executive producer. As far as directors go, Dave Filoni helmed the pilot. Other episodes were directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). The Mandalorian is set to debut on Disney+ this November. Be sure to check out the trailer from Lucasfilm and keep up with the rest of our coverage from D23 throughout the weekend.