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"I'm trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film. Not just the first film but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars."
Jon Favreau[src]

The Mandalorian is a live-action Star Wars television series developed by Lucasfilm. The series takes place about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and airs exclusively on the new Disney+ streaming service beginning November 12, 2019. Jon Favreau is writing and executive-produces the series. Directors include Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi. Episodes debut each Friday at 08:01 UTC (3:01 AM EST).

Plot summaryEdit

"It's like after the Roman Empire falls, or when you don't have a centralized shogun in Japan—and, of course, the Old West, when there wasn't any government in the areas that had not yet been settled."
―Jon Favreau[src]

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travels of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic....[9]

DevelopmentEdit

"Since I wrote most of [The Mandalorian], I wrote it to fit within our volume, and in trying to keep the scale of it like the first Star Wars film, which was a relatively low-budget affair, even though the effects were spectacular."
―Jon Favreau[src]

In 2005,[10] George Lucas began developing a live-action TV series that would explore the criminal underworld of Star Wars.[11] Producer Rick McCallum compared it to Deadwood and The Godfather,[12][13] and hinted that it would involve bounty hunters.[14] At the 2007 Toy Fair, a poster teased upcoming Star Wars projects, with the TV series represented by a picture of Boba Fett.[15] After 50 scripts were completed, Lucas and McCallum felt that the show would be too expensive to produce with the current technology, and thus decided to put the project on hold.[16][13] In 2012, Lucas sold Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company.[17] Under Disney, a film centered on Boba Fett was reportedly planned to be produced as part of its Anthology Series.[18]

A new TV series was announced by Disney CEO Robert Iger during a Disney quarterly earnings call on November 9, 2017.[1] On May 10, 2018, in an interview with Anthony Carboni on the premier for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jon Favreau revealed that he was halfway done with writing a season of the upcoming live-action Star Wars series.[19] During an interview with Dan Casey of Nerdist at the premiere, Favreau confirmed the show would take place seven years after the Battle of Yavin and feature all-new characters. Favreau also revealed that even before he had the job, he had written four scripts to show Lucasfilm what the show would be[20] and to ensure that his vision made it to the screen.[21] As Favreau later told GQ Middle East, "One thing [George Lucas] said to me was, 'remember, Jon, the real audience for all stories and all myths is the kids that are coming of age', because he's really a Joseph Campbell adherent."[22] He also made a conscious effort to appeal to all types of Star Wars fans, telling Entertainmemnt Weekly: "Part of what's fun is to see if we could merge the worlds of the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, The Clone Wars, and what's been considered canon up to this point and what's been considered part of Legends."[23]

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The Mandalorian character sketches by Dave Filoni

On August 6, 2018, The New York Times reported that Favreau's Star Wars series, which would be produced for Disney's new streaming service, was expected to cost around $100 million for 10 episodes. In an email to The New York Times, Favreau stated that the service would allow for the opportunity to tell stories that go for several chapters.[24] On October 26, 2018, it was reported that the rumored Boba Fett film had been scrapped, with Lucasfilm instead focusing on The Mandalorian.[25] On November 13, 2018, Pedro Pascal was reported to be in negotiations to play the lead role in the series.[26] The next day, Gina Carano was announced to have joined the cast according to Variety.[27] On November 30, Variety again reported that Nick Nolte had been added to the show's cast.[28] On December 12, Lucasfilm officially announced the cast, confirming Pascal's, Carano's, and Nolte's casting, along with Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog.[7]

ProductionEdit

The series is mostly filmed on soundstages in Los Angeles,[29] with occasional plate photography in various international locations.[30] It uses a new technology known as "Stagecraft,[31] with special effects that utilize a video game engine developed by Epic Games.[32][33] ILM also opened a new London-based division, ILM TV, to work on The Mandalorian and other projects.[34]

Favreau described his role as showrunner: "It's a lot like being a chef. You write the menu, you staff up with people who are great at what they do, you oversee and help guide the people who are actually cooking the food, working the line, and then at the end, you plate." He compared his work on the series to that of Iron Man (in that the release of the former would mark the launch of Disney+, whereas the latter marked the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), noting that he didn't feel much pressure on either project.[21] Director Bryce Dallas Howard described the production process as highly collaborative, with all the directors sharing an office, and the producers always open to ideas from the directors.[35] During production, Favreau shared photos on his Instagram account.[36] George Lucas visited the set during production as part of a birthday surprise for Favreau.[37] While filming at a studio in Manhattan Beach, California, equipment was stolen from the set, prompting a police investigation.[38][39]

The first season wrapped filming in February 2019.[40] Each episode of the season reportedly cost 15 million to make.[41] Robert Iger viewed each Season One episode multiple times to give notes and track the show's progress.[42] On April 2, 2019, a second season for The Mandalorian was reportedly ordered by Lucasfilm.[43] When interviewed by Collider about his live-action remake of The Lion King, Favreau commented that he's currently writing the second season and that pre-production is underway.[44]

MusicEdit

On December 19, 2018, Ludwig Göransson was announced to be composing the music for the show.[45] Göransson had previously composed the music for director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther; Favreau met him through Coogler, and discussed the project a year before production began on The Mandalorian. As Favreau told the Los Angeles Times, he wanted the music to be "a little grittier, a little edgier and a little more tech-oriented, something that felt half-tech, half-classic." Göransson took his initial inspiration from a nature hike, going for an "organic" sound that made heavy use of woodwinds, combined with electronic instruments and orchestral music.[46]

ReleaseEdit

Favreau, Filoni and most of the cast hosted a panel at Celebration Chicago on April 14, 2019, where the first footage premiered exclusively to fans in attendance.[47] A few days later, the cast appeared on Good Morning America.[48] On August 23, 2019, The Mandalorian's first trailer was released at the D23 Expo in Anaheim at a panel consisting of Favreau, Filoni, and cast members Pascal, Carano, Weathers, Waititi, and Ming-Na Wen.[49] The show was the cover story for the September 2019 issue of Entertainment Weekly.[50]

The Mandalorian's merchandise line debuted as part of Triple Force Friday, which was held on October 4, 2019.[51] On October 19, as part of their press day for Disney+, Disney showcased 27 minutes of footage for members of the press.[52] A second and final trailer was released on October 28, 2019.[53] The series debuted on November 12, 2019,[2] and quickly became one of the most-watched series of 2019.[54] On November 13, a premier was held at Hollywood's El Capitan Theater. Three episodes were screened at the event,[55] and the cast and crew participated in a Q&A livestream.[56]

According to Alan Horn, the CCO of The Walt Disney Company, if the series proves to be a success, there's the possibility of a film adaptation for either Disney+ or a theatrical release.[57]

CreditsEdit

"We're having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we're up to."
―Jon Favreau, to StarWars.com in the official cast announcement[src]

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate
One 8 episodes[72] November 12, 2019[2] December 27, 2019[73]
Two [44]

BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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  3. 3.0 3.1 SWCustom-2011 Jon Favreau to Executive Produce and Write Live-Action Star Wars Series on StarWars.com (backup link)
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  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 SWCustom-2011 The Mandalorian First Image, Directors Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 SWCustom-2011 Pedro Pascal Revealed as The Mandalorian on StarWars.com
  8. According to a timeline shown at D23 Expo 2019, The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY, meaning that The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY.
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  28. Otterson, Joe (2018-11-30). ‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Nick Nolte to Cast. Variety. Retrieved on November 30, 2018.
  29. Chitwood, Adam (April 18, 2019). 'The Mandalorian' Actor Giancarlo Esposito Describes the New Technology Used on the 'Star Wars' Show. collider.com.
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  70. TwitterLogo Natalia Tena (@NatTenaLady) on Twitter "The @themandalorian trailer is finally here! Can you spot my purple alien face? So honoured to have been part of this banging series, my inner geek is doing backflips with bells on."
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