The Mandalorian is Getting a Panel at D23 2019 | ScreenRant

The Mandalorian is officially getting a panel at the D23 2019 expo in Anaheim next month. Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming show is both the first live-action Star Wars series and one of the Originals set to premiere when the Disney+ streaming service launches in November, so there’s understandably a lot of interest surrounding the project right now.

Created by actor-filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), The Mandalorian picks up a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi, but takes place far away from the reaches of the New Republic and follows the adventures of a lone Mandalorian gunslinger (who’s played by Pedro Pascal). Lucasfilm debuted the first Mandalorian footage at Star Wars Celebration in April and has unveiled some high-res photos, but has yet to release a trailer online and is otherwise keeping the show’s details close to the chest for the time being. However, the studio will pull back the curtain a little further when this year’s D23 gets underway on Friday, August 23.

Related: Biggest News From The Mandalorian Celebration Panel has now announced that The Mandalorian‘s D23 2019 panel will take place on August 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Hall D23. Favreau will be attending the presentation with Dave Filoni – who’s both the head of Lucasfilm Animation and director of The Mandalorian‘s premiere episode – as well as some “special guests” that could include cast members like Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and/or Giancarlo Esposito, among others.

This December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is expected to receive a D23 panel a day after The Mandalorian on Saturday, August 24 (which is when Disney plans to spotlight their upcoming films in general). And as anticipated as J.J. Abrams’ conclusion to the Skywalker Saga is, in some ways there’s just as much – and maybe even more – excitement around The Mandalorian right now. After all, in addition to being the first live-action Star Wars series ever, it will be the first live-action Star Wars project that explores life in a galaxy far, far away after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but well before the subsequent rise of the First Order. It further promises to examine the criminal underbelly of the Star Wars universe in greater depth than last year’s spinoff movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, managed to do.

While The Mandalorian‘s D23 panel will surely include footage (either the Celebration clips and/or brand-new material), it will be interesting to see if it’s released online shortly after. After all, D23 footage is traditionally exclusively shown to those in attendance and isn’t made available to the public until much later. Then again, Disney + is set to launch less than three months after D23, so the expo might be the perfect time to get the ball rolling on the next phase of The Mandalorian‘s marketing.

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2019-07-11 01:07:08

Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Was Created To Fill Void Left By Boba Fett Hype

Star Wars‘ upcoming web television series, The Mandalorian, is the perfect fix for franchise fanatics that are still mourning the loss of the Boba Fett solo movie. The Mandalorian tells the story of an unnamed bounty hunter, known only as “The Mandalorian” for now, and takes place shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. It’s set to premiere on Nov. 12 on Disney’s soon-to-be-released streaming service, Disney+.

Unlike Netflix’s formula, which allows streamers to binge a show in one sitting, Star Wars fans will have to wait for new episodes of the series. As disappointing as that may be, the first episode will be instantly available to Disney+ subscribers at launch, with a small possibility of a second episode being added in. A lot of details surrounding the live-action series have been kept under lock and key, but this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago gave fans a glimpse at these new characters brought to life. Official images showed Gina Carano in character as Kara Dune along with Carl Weathers as Greef Marga. To top it all off, exclusive footage also showcased Pedro Pascal as the titular character working with Weathers’ Greef to make a commission.

Related: Star Wars Theory Explains The Biggest Mandalorian Plot Hole

Photos of Pascal’s Mandalorian are strikingly similar to Star Wars‘ infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett. In an interview with GMA, Jon Favreau stated that inspiration for the series was drawn from the fact that he never felt he, “got to see enough of Boba Fett,” even though there was, “so much hype,” around him. Favreau and the series’ co-creator, Dave Filoni, created the show out of an intrigue that surrounded the mysterious bounty hunter, and a longing to know more about him. Pascal added in that his character, “is a bounty hunter like Boba Fett and a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”

Boba Fett is a character that many in the Star Wars fan base have longed to learn more about. For years, a film surrounding the character was supposedly in the works, but was scrapped in late 2018 after Solo: A Star Wars Story had an underwhelming performance at the box office. Fearing for upcoming projects surrounding individual characters in the Star Wars universe, current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the decision to end the project altogether. Instead, she pursued The Mandalorian, which would give fans a deeper look at bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe while also serving as a safer bet profit-wise for the company on Disney’s streaming service.

The highly anticipated live-action television series will be a brand new adventure for Star Wars fans, and with anticipation for Disney’s upcoming streaming service building, the show is sure to start off on a high note. It’s a new and exciting way to explore and deepen lore surrounding bounty hunters in the galaxy. Favreau and Filoni’s excitement and personal enjoyment for creating the project is a good sign that the series is being put together with the utmost care. Not to mention, if the show ends up being a success, fans could be treated to a Boba Fett appearance later down the line.

Next: No Star Wars Fans, Boba & Jango Fett Are NOT Mandalorians

The Mandalorian premieres Tuesday November 12th on Disney+.

Source: GMA

2019-04-22 08:04:43

Hannah Hoolihan

IG-88 Is NOT In The Mandalorian, Says Jon Favreau

The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau confirms IG-88 will not be in the upcoming Disney+ series. Exploring the underbelly of the Star Wars galaxy, many fans are expecting to see a number of nefarious scoundrels and mercenaries over the course of the eight episodes. The films have only tapped into this corner of the universe, with last summer’s Solo perhaps featuring the greatest number of unsavory types. Another notable example from the movies is the now-famous scene where Darth Vader hires several bounty hunters to track down the Millennium Falcon.

That sequence included multiple characters, like Boba Fett and Bossk, that went on to become fan-favorites despite having minimal screen time. Another bounty hunter that left an impression was IG-88, who seemingly was going to be included in The Mandalorian. Not only has there been photographic evidence pointing to his potential role, a droid that looked just like IG-88 was seen in a footage reel that played during the show’s panel at Celebration Chicago. However, it’s now been revealed that’s a completely different character.

Related: Star Wars Theory Explains The Biggest Mandalorian Plot Hole

Speaking with EW, Favreau stated the droid on the series is simply another IG unit, dubbed IG-11. Based on another behind-the-scenes picture he shared, it would appear IG-11 will be voiced by Taika Waititi (who also directed an episode of The Mandalorian).

Favreau’s made it abundantly clear The Mandalorian will feature plenty of Easter eggs and nods to the larger Star Wars franchise, but his ultimate goal here was to tell a fresh story populated by new characters for fans to follow. At the panel, he compared his approach to what he did on the original Iron Man film, explaining The Mandalorian would have something for die-hard fans, casual viewers, and people largely unfamiliar with the property. With that in mind, it makes sense for the show to go this route, rather than tapping into nostalgia for a specific background character. It also allows Favreau and the team a little more creative freedom, as they’re molding an all-new character they can do anything with. Admittedly, IG-88 was already something of a blank slate, but he has appeared in other areas of canon since his big screen debut.

Dating back to the very first Star Wars film, droids have always played an integral role in the narratives. With newcomers like BB-8, K-2SO, and L3-37 following in the footsteps of R2-D2 and C-3PO, robots have left an endearing and enduring legacy that many viewers are fond of. It’ll be interesting to see what IG-11’s contributions are to the tradition. At the very least, he seems to have a speaking role, suggesting he could be a key supporting player on The Mandalorian. In the early going, the show’s marketing campaign is spotlighting the trio of The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), ex-Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano), and bounty hunter guild head Greef (Carl Weathers), but it’s only a matter of time before other members of the ensemble are showcased.

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Source: EW

The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ November 12, 2019.

2019-04-15 07:04:18

Chris Agar

Star Wars Theory Explains The Biggest Mandalorian Plot Hole

The Star Wars brand is finally putting The Mandalorian at center stage, thanks to the TV show following one lone gunslinger in a new version of the iconic armor. Armor worn by Jango Fett and his son Boba, two of the most well-known Mandalorians… who weren’t Mandalorian at all.

That’s the change to Star Wars canon that has created if not the largest plot hole in the new Star Wars universe, then the most impossible one to explain away. Jango Fett was the greatest warrior that the Mandalorian culture had produced, making his reputation known across the galaxy (just like his son Boba’s would be one day, too). It was for that reason that he became the model of the Republic’s Clone Army. So how does his story make sense if the leaders of Mandalore now claim he was an imposter?

We’ve got a theory to explain it without erasing Jango’s legacy, but it will require a quick history lesson on the Mandalorian way of life, and code of honor. Because the more you learn about the Mandalorian culture… the more it makes sense that Jango Fett wouldn’t be Mandalorian, at all.

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The casual fan would think that the Mandalorians would be a major player in the Star Wars story: they’re deadly, inherently cool, and wear fantastic armor. But trying to dive into the history of the warrior culture is more difficult than ever, thanks to Disney purchasing Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand along with it… and claiming all existing novels, comic books, and video games that chronicled the millenia-long Mandalorian history were no longer canon. They remain Star Wars ‘Legends,’ but aren’t official until stated so. But that doesn’t mean it’s been wiped away, either.

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Audiences who watched Clone Wars have only glimpsed a span of years in the Mandalore culture, and will wrongly assume they know who the Mandalorians really are. A society that started by loving warfare, was eventually punished for its warring ways, and is more likely to implode than advance (hopefully Star Wars: Rebels gives them a chance). But with an origin that stretches back thousands of years, even earlier than the formation of the Old Republic, the story of how the Mandalorians became also helps to explain why Jango and Boba Fett would eventually be disowned by them completely.

First things first: the animated Clone Wars may only show human beings in the Mandalorian armor, but that was never the spirit of their people in the original universe. The Mandalorian stand apart from almost all other Star Wars civilizations by having no ‘standard’ race, thanks to their greatest leader – known as Mand’alor – who saved the Mandalorian people from extinction. After encountering the Republic and their (let’s be honest, easily dislike-able) Jedi warrior monks, the expansionist Mandalorians were driven back, and paid the price for hostility.

It was then that the saving Mand’alor rose to claim the rank and mask worn by the leader of all who followed the Mandalorian way. Opening the society’s borders to all who would join, adhere to their code of honorable warfare, and worship progress and evolution through martial arts and conquest, the Mandalorian people spread until they laid claim to an entire Republic-free region of space. With war behind them, acting as mercenaries and bounty hunters became their new means of worship.

The exact identity of this history-changing Mand’alor, and the era in which he united the tribes of Mandalore has been changed from canon to non-canon. And while Clone Wars portrayed the progressive, non-violent, pacifistic New Mandalorians as the only ‘right’ future, Star Wars has always been a mythology best examined from more than one point of view. When united, the Mandalorians are a a strong, intelligent, and honorable re-imagining of gunslingers, samurai, or sellswords.

It’s for that reason that it’s so easy to accept that Jango Fett may have been exiled, or implicitly outcast by anyone truly honoring the Mandalorian way. No matter what the Republic or pacifists might say, the Star Wars universe only rewards those who can fight to protect the people and things they care about. It’s that belief that created the Mandalorian way. And if you believe the rumored plot of The Mandalorian TV show, the new hero may be trying to restore those very values to the Mandalore of the Star Wars future.

Page 2 of 2: Why Jango Fett Was Likely Cast Out By Mandalore

From a certain point of view, this is a mix-up asking to take place, with Mandalorians defined by armor that could practically be worn by anyone, regardless of their heritage of belief system. Obi-Wan Kenobi presumed that Mandalorian armor=Mandalorian in “The Mandalore Plot,” season 2, episode 12 of The Clone Wars. When beginning his questions about possible rogue Mandalorian agents, his questions about Jango Fett keeping their ‘deadly’ reputation alive were immediately dismissed by Prime Minister Almec, clarifying with obvious indignation that “Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How he acquired that armor is beyond me.”

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It’s here where the plot hole forms, essentially putting Jango Fett’s entire story and role in question. To some, the fact that Prime Minister Almec plays with the truth later in the season means he’s lying here, too (even if there’s no real reason to). But it’s possible to make this scene work with the lore Star Wars fans have surrounding Jango Fett. Especially since his embodiment of the perfect Mandalorian way of combat is exactly why he was chosen as the model for the Grand Army of the Republic.

This is speculation on our part, making the assumption that the Clone Wars team was hinting at a much larger story–instead of erasing one for kicks. If Almec is one thing, it is performative-ly outraged if it keeps up appearances. Which means his description of Jango Fett as “a common bounty hunter” may have more to do with how he’s seen by Mandalorians, than if he was a citizen of Mandalore before The Clone Wars. Knowing what we know about the Mandalore tradition, Jango definitely did the one thing his warrior nation would look down upon. Even if they wouldn’t learn about it until an endless army of clones spread across the galaxy.

The Attack of the Clones movie outlines the plan: Jango is hired to contribute DNA to the Kamino cloners, so they can create an army of Fetts. In the previous Star Wars novels, that story was expanded to include the Cuy’val Dar–“those who no longer exist.” These were 100 people (mostly fellow Mandalorians) recruited by Jango Fett to disappear from the galaxy for a decade, training the Clones in the art of war in total secrecy. Naturally, the Mandalorians passed on their beliefs, and the Clones they shaped had a better chance of survival.

The question fans will ask is: what happened after the decade was up? Most of the Cuy’val Dar returned to their lives, or took on new ones. They had the freedom of anonymity… because it wasn’t their face on every Clone soldier. If Jango was as famous a bounty hunter as he seemed, every Mandalorian would know that he allowed his blood, his training, his beliefs, and his culture to be mass-produced. Copied into thousands of soldiers designed to die for the Republic, and not Mandalore. If you ask us, the idea that Mandalore would disown Jango as a traitor is completely believable.

That’s our theory for why Jango Fett could have been publicly and enthusiastically exiled and disowned by every follower of the Mandalorian way. But for Boba Fett, the explanation is even simpler: he’s not Mandalorian because… well, he never became one. It’s safe to assume that Jango passed on some of his culture and Mandalorian ways to his “son” before being killed. But instead of taking his larger step into the Mandalorian way of life, Boba Fett took up with cutthroat bounty hunters and hired guns, instead (a childhood chronicled in Clone Wars).

If our theory is accurate–or at least based in the same expanded universe fiction the Clone Wars writers were leaving possible–Boba was probably better off finding his own set of Mandalorian armor instead of trying to recover his father’s. And we suppose there is some poetry in Boba actually becoming what his father was seen as for bringing him into the world: a common bounty hunter.

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2019-04-15 05:04:39

Andrew Dyce

The Mandalorian Footage Description

Lucasfilm unveiled exclusive footage from The Mandalorian at Star Wars Celebration; it hasn’t been released online, but here’s a full description. The Mandalorian is one of the most exciting Star Wars projects in the works right now, the very first live-action TV series set in the galaxy far, far away.

Both Lucasilm and Disney clearly believe they’re onto a hit with The Mandalorian; it’s been confirmed that the eight-episode series will premiere on on November 12, with the launch of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Sadly, it seems that’s far too distant for Lucasfilm to drop a trailer just yet, but they did reveal some footage for the audience at Star Wars Celebration.

Related: Mandalorian Official Images Reveal Gina Carano & Carl Weather’s Characters

Sadly, the footage wasn’t released online; anyone watching the panel via YouTube or the Star Wars website had to listen to some music instead. But Screen Rant has an exclusive description:

The footage begins with the Mandalorian talking to Greef Marga, head of a chapter of the Bounty Hunters Guild. The Mandalorian is looking for a mark, and initially attempts to take every single mission Greef has at the moment. He’s told to hold on; as Greef notes, there are other members of the Guild who have to make a living as well. Instead, Greef offers one unique jump, a face-to-face commission. Precious little information is provided about this job, but the Mandalorian accepts it regardless; he has to make ends meet, after all. After accepting the commission, the Mandalorian walks across a street market. In the background, a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard is being roasted while another watches from a cage. They’re both real puppets.

Another scene shows the Mandalorian meeting with an Imperial, who has been told he is “the best in the parsec” – even if he is expensive. Unwisely, the man seeking to hire the Mandalorian hasn’t come alone, and his associate – a doctor – nearly winds up gunned down when he interrupts the meeting. The Mandalorian is tasked with bringing someone in alive; if his target dies, he’ll need to provide proof of termination, but will be paid a lower fee. Curiously, the data and codes he’s provided in order to accomplish this mission are 50 years old.

The Imperial makes the case for the Empire being better than the chaotic status quo, arguing that the Empire brought safety, prosperity, and peace. It’s a brief digression, but it indicates there’s going to be a real-world political slant to The Mandalorian; that particular sentence structure has been used by Donald Trump on occasion.

The footage also included a range of action scenes, several featuring the Mandalorian and Gina Corano’s Kara Dune. Dune is an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s acclimatizing to life after the end of the war with the Empire, and she appears to be able to match the Mandalorian blow for blow in one fight scene. One crowd-pleasing moment saw the Mandalorian using a rope launcher to pull a Storm Trooper to him, then shocking someone close-range with a pulse rifle. Finally, Kara was shown using a Gatling gun on an unknown ship. No context was provided for any of these scenes.

It’s a shame none of this footage was made available online, but there are probably good reasons for it. First of all, Lucasfilm want there to be some advantages to having paid for a ticket to attend Star Wars Celebration. Secondly, given The Mandalorian won’t be released until November, it’s possible these scenes aren’t quite finished yet. Computer effects could well be added through post-production, meaning they aren’t ready for distribution online, where they’d be pored over by fans with HD screens.

It’s exciting to see the Bounty Hunters Guild become more prominent in the Star Wars canon again, with Greef managing a local branch. The Guild was an important part of the old Expanded Universe, prominently featured in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology, but has only had a background presence in the post-Disney canon. It seems the Mandalorian is registered with the Guild, and is eager to go for their highest-paying jobs. At this stage, it’s unclear whether this Imperial mission will be the focus of the full eight-episode series, or whether each episode will feature a different mission.

At The Mandalorian panel, Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau stressed that the series would tie into the original trilogy, the prequels, and the sequels. That perhaps explains why the Mandalorian has been hired for a mission that seems to run back decades, into the history of the Star Wars galaxy. He’s provided with codes that are 50 years old, possibly predating Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Given that the Empire is in retreat by the time of The Mandalorian, it’ll be fascinating to see why they’re even interested in somebody – or something – who was important before Palpatine rose to power in the first place.

More: Every Star Wars Movie In Chronological Order

2019-04-14 11:04:04

Thomas Bacon

Mandalorian Official Images Reveal Gina Carano & Carl Weather’s Characters

New official images from The Mandalorian give fans their first look at the characters played by Gina Carano and Carl Weathers. While this year marks the end of an era for Star Wars on film (with the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker), it also marks the beginning for the franchise in a new medium. At long last, the galaxy far, far away is coming to live-action TV with The Mandalorian, a series spearheaded by executive producer Jon Favreau. Running eight episodes long, the show boasts an all-star lineup of directors including Taika Waititi, Dave Filoni, and Bryce Dallas Howard (among others).

With The Mandalorian debuting on Disney+ this November, Celebration Chicago read as the ideal opportunity to promote the project. Indeed, there was a panel at the convention where Favreau, Filoni and some members of the cast were on hand to tease what they have in store. Unlike The Rise of Skywalker, the panel did not end with an official teaser trailer, but Lucasfilm did share some new photos of the characters.

Related: No Star Wars Fans, Boba & Jango Fett Are NOT Mandalorians

Following the conclusion of the Mandalorian panel, the studio released a batch of images, giving fans their first looks at some of the new characters. In addition to fresh glimpses Pedro Pascal’s titular Mandalorian, Gina Caraon’s Cara Dune and Carl Weather’s Greef were also spotlighted. Check them out in the space below:

Much of The Mandalorian remains heavily guarded for the time being, but the actors were able to reveal some small details about their characters. Cara Dune is an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s described as a bit of a loner struggling to re-acclimate into society. Greef, on the other hand, is the head of a bounty hunter guild who ends up hiring The Mandalorian for a mysterious job. In all likelihood, The Mandalorian and Cara end up working together to accomplish the mission, but it remains to be seen how that dynamic plays out. Regardless, The Mandalorian looks like it will be a deep-dive exploration into the galactic underworld, fully fleshing out a corner of the universe that’s only been hinted at before. The Empire will also have a heavy presence on the show; set photos depicted stormtroopers and Mandalorian footage shown during the panel revealed Giancarlo Esposito’s character is some kind of Imperial officer looking to keep their control over the galaxy intact.

While these images obviously don’t delve into the show’s plot, they do illustrate all of the time and care that went into crafting The Mandalorian. The photos look like they could be from one of the feature films, meaning Lucasfilm is taking their Disney+ endeavors very seriously and went the extra mile to make them special. With the Star Wars movies going on hiatus for a couple of years after The Rise of Skywalker, the studio will be counting on their TV shows to be one of the franchise’s main attractions and help fill the void. If the early looks at The Mandalorian are anything to go by, fans will definitely love what Favreau and crew delivered.

More: What To Expect From The Mandalorian TV Show

Source: Lucasfilm

2019-04-14 10:04:02

Chris Agar

Biggest News From The Mandalorian Celebration Panel

Star Wars Celebration began to lift the lid on the secrets of The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. The Mandalorian is set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, against the backdrop of a galaxy in chaos. The Empire has fallen, but the New Republic hasn’t really stabilized as a force for law and order across the galaxy just yet. As Jon Favreau noted, in the aftermath of a revolution “it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly.

The Mandalorian will be one of the first TV shows to premiere on the Disney + streaming service, and will be available on November 12, the launch of Disney +. Given that’s quite a way away, it sadly proved far too soon for a trailer drop. In fact, while footage and behind-the-scenes shots were shared at the panel, they weren’t streamed online.

Related: The Mandalorian Footage Description

Filoni and Favreau were joined by special guests, stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Corano, and Carl Weathers. The whole panel were careful to avoid giving away any major spoilers, but they did confirm a few details.

The Mandalorian’s true identity is evidently being set up as one of the show’s greatest mysteries. The panel studiously avoided using his name, with even Pedro Pascal referring to his character as “The Mandalorian” throughout. He was described as a skilled bounty hunter with questionable morals, and Pascal suggested that his portrayal was influenced by both Westerns and old Samurai movies. The Mandalorian’s ship is called the Razor Crest.

Lucasfilm may be hesitant to reveal the identity of The Mandalorian, but they did at least give names to members of the supporting cast. Gina Corano is playing an original character called Kara Dune, an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s struggling to adjust to civilian life now the Galactic Civil War has come to an end. She appears to be something of an action heroine; descriptions of the footage suggest she’s every bit as skilled in battle as Pedro Pascal’s character. Corano likes to do her own stunts, and told an anecdote about dragging another member of the cast during an action sequence.

Meanwhile, Carl Weathers is confirmed to be playing the part of Greef Marga. He’s described as head of a local branch of the Bounty Hunters Guild, and apparently he hires the Mandalorian because “he’s looking for someone to go after a product that he wants to bring to a client.” Fans of the old Expanded Universe will be thrilled to see the Bounty Hunters Guild become more prominent in the Disney Star Wars canon; they were a major part of the EU, but until now have only ever been mentioned in the new canon.

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Favreau and Filoni have clearly gone to great effort to ensure The Mandalorian fits perfectly into the ongoing narrative of the Star Wars galaxy. They described it as drawing in plot threads from the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, and The Clone Wars. Intriguingly, Favreau noted that it’s “even pulling stuff in from Legends, starting to bring some of that EU stuff in.” That will have to be done very carefully, given Karen Traviss’ Mandalorian novels were hugely popular, but flatly contradicted The Clone Wars.

The 501st Legion is an international fan-group best known for stunning Stormtrooper cosplays and their high-profile charity events. When it came to casting Stormtroopers for The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm decided to reach out to the 501st. Amusingly, the group who turned up had no idea they were actually going to play Stormtroopers in the first live-action Star Wars TV series. Jon Favreau noted that this provided an ideal opportunity to see just how the fans would react to the show.

Jon Favreau is well-known for being at the cutting edge of modern cinema; he’s the director behind the remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King. But with The Mandalorian, Favreau was careful to ensure that everything felt like it belonged to the same galaxy as George Lucas’ movies. He went old-school, using everything from puppets to animatronics. The visual effects team even went through the films to work out the tracking shots Lucas tended to use for starfighter combat, so they could reproduce it.

More: Star Wars Celebration 2019: How To Watch Live & Panel Times

2019-04-14 01:04:20

Thomas Bacon

Mandalorian TV Show Speeder Bike Revealed At Star Wars Celebration 2019

The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television series, airs exclusively on Disney+ this November and fans are already getting a tease for the series at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

Seen on the show floor in front of the main Star Wars Celebration stage at Chicago’s McCormick Place is the screen-used speeder bike the title character (played by Pedro Pascal) of The Mandalorian uses in the series

Related: Star Wars Celebration 2019 – How To Watch Live & Panel Times

Screen Rant is sending a team to the event for 2019 and we snapped some photos during today’s preview period. The event starts with programming and panels beginning tomorrow and runs through until Monday, with several headlining panels in addition to a presentation dedicated to The Mandalorian.

Outer Rim Speeder Bike Official Description

The sign attached to the The Mandalorian display reads as follows:

On the rugged frontier worlds of the galaxy, vehicles like speeder bikes endure harsh elements and are overworked with little down-time for maintenance. This Mobquet Zephyr-J model has had most of its unneeded bells and whistles stripped off to be functional above all else.

The manufacturer of the vehicles may be familiar to Star Wars fans since Mobquet Swoops and Speeders also made the SX-14 Field Hover-Ute found on Tatooine used by Luke Skywalker’s guardians, Owen and Beru Lars, and more recently, the M-68 landspeeder which is featured in the early chase sequence of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Han and Qi’ra on Corellia.

The coloring, aesthetic, and degradation of this simple and small bike coupled with the limited imagery we’ve seen so far for The Mandalorian make it seems like a desert planet vehicle – something more akin to toe the bikes featured in Shadows of the Empire (now part of Star Wars Legends non-canon). We’ll know more this weekend as Disney unveils The Mandalorian on Sunday at Star Wars Celebration.

Next: No Star Wars Fans, Boba & Jango Fett Are NOT Mandalorians

The Mandalorian launches on Disney+ November 12, 2019

2019-04-11 06:04:30

Rob Keyes

The Mandalorian Release Date Confirmed: Will Stream On Disney+ At Launch

The Mandalorian will be available on Disney + from launch. The first ever live-action TV series, The Mandalorian is directed by Jon Favreau, and is set to be a highlight of the new streaming service. Its plot remains a closely-guarded secret, although it’s known to take place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The Mandalorian is set on the outer reaches of the Star Wars galaxy, far from the influence of the New Republic. It’s confirmed to star a “lone gunfighter” in Mandalorian armor, and fans have eagerly speculated that he could be tied to Boba Fett or Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels. One of the tie-in Star Wars novels, set between the Original and Sequel Trilogies, has already introduced a new character who wears Mandalorian armor, Cobb Vanth, so he’s another potential candidate.

Related: Star Wars Theory: The Mandalorian Already Exists In Canon – And Has A Fett Connection

Today, Disney held an investor meeting focused on the upcoming launch of Disney +, and they revealed audiences won’t have long to wait before they can check out The Mandalorian. The series will be available when the new streaming service launches, on November 12 2019. It was also confirmed that it will be an eight-episode run.

This indicates just how confident Disney is in the overall quality of The Mandalorian. It’s essentially the House of Cards to Disney’s Netflix equivalent, proving just how powerful they believe the Star Wars brand truly is. The release date also means that Star Wars fans will find the tail-end of the year to be absolutely thrilling; first they get The Mandalorian, and then on December 20 Lucasfilm release Star Wars 9.

The timing of this announcement alone means this won’t be the last news about The Mandalorian this weekend. Starting today, Star Wars fans flood to Chicago for Star Wars Celebration, with Lucasfilm aiming to further build hype about their upcoming films and TV shows. The Mandalorian panel takes place on Sunday, April 13 from 11 am – 12 pm CDT, and it was already assumed that Lucasfilm would confirm the release date there. Now that particular cat is out of the bag, it’s even more likely the studio will take advantage of this opportunity to drop a first full-length trailer.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that Disney seems to be keeping careful control over the length of their various shows. The Marvel Studios TV series are all confirmed to run between six to eight episodes in length, and now The Mandalorian is confirmed to have an eight-episode first season as well. This may well become the typical or average length for a Disney + digital original.

More: What Trailers & Reveals To Expect At Star Wars Celebration 2019

Source: Disney

2019-04-11 05:04:42

Thomas Bacon

Star Wars: Pedro Pascal Unveils Mandalorian Concept Art by Dave Filoni

Actor Pedro Pascal has unveiled concept art for the upcoming live-action Star Wars TV show called The MandalorianCreated by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian will take place between Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, and focus on a lone Mandalorian warrior.

While the first look image for The Mandalorian revealed a warrior that resembled Boba and Jango Fett, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV show will revolve around a newly created character. It’s widely believed that the inspiration for this specific armor was pulled directly from the canceled Star Wars: 1313 video game, which would’ve been a gritty third-person adventure/shooter allowing gamers play as a young Boba Fett. One of the warrior’s weapons in the TV show is also believed to be inspired by Boba Fett’s weapon from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Now, fans can get an even better look at the character’s armor due to new concept art.

Related: Marvel Directors Reunite On Set of Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Posting on his Instagram, Pascal shared two pieces of concept art that were created by the pilot’s director Dave Filoni. The first image is a closeup of the Mandalorian warrior, while the second is a full body shot revealing the character with a flowing cape and a holstered weapon. While the images are concept art from the TV show, the sketches closely resemble the first look image that was previously revealed, only this version of the character doesn’t have a weapon strapped to his back. Pascal’s full post can be seen below.

While many details for The Mandalorian remain a secret, fans have been given updates as the series progresses through production. Favreau had previously given a brief plot synopsis for The Mandalorian, but recent reports claim the series will revolve around a Mandalorian warrior protecting a child who will grow up to become the heir of Mandalore. Aside from the story, the cast for The Mandalorian has been confirmed, including actors such as Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and many others. As for the show’s directors, Filoni will direct the pilot, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow also directing episodes of the series.

This concept art doesn’t really reveal anything about the show, but it’s interesting to see what Filoni had envisioned for the character. The lore behind the Mandalorians have always been a fan favorite topic for many Star Wars fans, so Disney will no doubt have people subscribing to their streaming service specifically for this show. Fans still have to wait quite some time until they can stream The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, but at least they haven’t been left in the dark regarding The Mandalorian‘s progress.

More: The Mandalorian Can Fill A Force Awakens Gap And Show The Empire’s Fall

Source: Pedro Pascal

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