Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Cast and crew introduce The Mandalorian at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Cast and crew introduce The Mandalorian at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Here are new stills of Pedro Pascal ("The Mandalorian"), Gina Carano ("Cara Dune") and Carl Weathers ("Greef").

Watch our report above for the scoop on the show's timing, tone, characters (like Werner Herzog's!), cameos, vehicles, and more.

The first episode debuts when the Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12. Weathers is Greef, the leader of a group of bounty hunters who hires Pascal's Mandalorian for an assignment. Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Dave Giloni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Bryce Dallas Howard (star of Jurassic World) will each direct an episode. He travels the outer reaches of the galaxy alone, far away from the laws of the New Republic.

Favreau took inspiration from Westerns - the works of Sergio Leone were particularly important, actor Pedro Pascal said - and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Disney hopes to take a bite out of Netflix's market share with its service, which will also include Marvel shows, Pixar spinoffs and live-action remakes of classic Disney films. In many ways, it's a bit darker than what we've seen from Star Wars thus far, like Game of Thrones-lite - complete with battles, blasters, Stormtrooper skull-bashing, and an intriguing score from Oscar- and Grammy- winning Ludwig Göransson.

The topic next turned to the inspiration behind The Mandalorian's character. Pascal, Carano and Weathers also made the trip to snowy Chicago to introduce their characters. Carano plays a character named Cara Dune, an ex-Rebel Shock Trooper.

During the show's panel on Sunday, Favreau also gave fans a glimpse at new Mandalorian footage, but it has not yet been made available to the public.

How does the TV show connect to the Star Wars movies?

So far, Disney's ventures into prequels, sequels and spinoffs of the Star Wars films have all revolved around the original trilogy of films. (Typically they're called in for various events like Star Wars Celebration, but not to be a part of filming.) Filoni said the Stormtroopers ended up being a test audience for the crew.

"A never been told story during a never been seen timeframe", he says. I was born in '75 so I am a product of Star Wars imagination.

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