Following the release of the first trailer for the highly-anticipated film, Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker on Friday, Disney released the first footage from their upcoming Star Wars live-action television series, The Mandalorian, on Sunday at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Ill.
The show will focus on a new warrior inspired by the uber-popular Star Wars character Boba Fett and be set shortly after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The Mandalorian is the first major television series that will air on Disney Plus, the streaming service Disney plans to launch this fall. The series will be eight episodes long and cost a reported $100 million to make. Jon Favreau — the director of Iron Man, The Jungle Book and the upcoming Lion King — is executive producing and writing the Star Wars show.
Here’s everything we know so far about The Mandalorian.
What is the plot of The Mandalorian?
For those unfamiliar with the Mandalorians, they are a race of warriors who featured in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Boba Fett, a bounty hunter who first appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy, was not himself a Mandalore, but he wore their armor for intimidation purposes, as did his father, Jango Fett.
Jon Favreau announced on Instagram that the plot of The Mandalorian would focus on a “lone gunfighter” who operates in the far reaches of the galaxy, outside of the New Republic’s reach. The show will be set three years after Return of the Jedi, after the fall of the Empire but before the First Order emerges.
Though visitors to Chicago’s Star Wars Celebration saw brief footage of the show, LucasFilm has not yet posted it online. In the trailer, the gunslinger character, played by Pedro Pascal, follows a dot on a tracking beacon across an icy planet. He eventually arrives at a cantina (similar to Star Wars Episode IV‘s Mos Eisley). The aliens there don’t look happy to see him.
Favreau also revealed behind-the-scenes footage that included the titular Mandalorian riding a Dewback, a giant lizard from Tatooine.
Favreau has said in interviews that he plans to use the same motion-capture technology that he employed while filming The Jungle Book and The Lion King to create the aliens in The Mandalorian.
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Source:: Time – Entertainment