The Mandalorian trailer debut and behind the scenes footage looks incredible!
At Star Wars Celebration 2019, executive producers John Favreau and Dave Filoni took the stage and showed off some very cool new footage from their highly anticipated live-action bounty hunter series, The Mandalorian. Joining them were series regulars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), and Carl Weathers (Greef).
Favreau and Filoni showed gave us a detailed look at the world they’ve created – which seems every bit as cinematic as the Star Wars movies, judging by this first footage. Here are nine things we learned from the footage we saw at the panel, which has yet to be released officially online.
Who Is The Mandalorian?
When the actors took the stage, each of them gave a brief description of their respective character. Pedro Pascal informed us that The Mandalorian (no first or last name given) is a bounty hunter and gunfighter. “He’s a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy,” Pascal said. “He has a questionable moral character, which is in line with our best western and samurai movies. He’s a badass. These men [Favreau and Filoni] have created a very incredible and iconic character.” The first footage we saw of The Mandalorian shows the stoic figure walking into a bar while using some kind of tracking device. The local patrons turn their heads to look at the stranger as if he’s straight out of an old John Wayne film.
That makes sense, since Favreau said that old westerns and samurai movies were an inspiration to him during production. The Iron Man director wanted to explore what happened after the fall of the Empire, when “you have chaos taking over the galaxy. It’s a rich environment to tell a story, and a rich tone.”
When Does The Mandalorian Take Place?
While we already knew that the series would take place after the events of Return of the Jedi, we weren’t given a specific date, until now. According to Favreau, The Mandalorian takes place 5 years after Return of the Jedi. Like post-Civil War America in the West, Favreau and Filoni are excited to explore how the galaxy will establish new law and order, especially in the Outer Rim.
Who Is Cara Dune?
Cara Dune is the name of Gina Carano’s character, who she described as an ex-rebel shock trooper. “I’m a bit of a loner,” she said, “and I’m having a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society.” Favreau praised Carano’s ability to do most of her own stunts, due to her former career in mixed martial arts. Carano talked about Favreau’s passion for the project, and how “he would come on set in tears describing how important a particular scene was.” During the sizzle reel, we get a glimpse of Carano’s Cara Dune in action, easily taking down her opponent with violent efficiency.
Who is Greef?
Carl Weathers (from Rocky and Predator fame) plays Greef, an underworld figure who hires bounty hunters to complete difficult tasks. According to Weathers, Greef is “running this group of bounty hunters. He’s looking for a product to bring to a client. He hires a Mandalorian to get the job done.” That particular Mandalorian is none other than Pedro Pascal’s character. During the video presentation, we see Greef and The Mandalorian sitting down at the bar. Greef is offering the bounty hunter some low-level jobs that don’t pique his interest until Greef offers him an ominous face-to-face meeting with another player in the criminal world. The Mandalorian takes the mysterious job and goes off in search of the secretive figure.
Who are The Mandalorian’s Villains?
When The Mandalorian gets to his destination, he’s introduced to Werner Herzog. We don’t know who Herzog is playing, but it’s safe to say that he’s not a “good guy.” The mission Herzog’s character offers the Mandalorian is filled with cryptic talk about a high-level target and the use of a tracking device. Stormtroopers in dirty armor guard Herzog. It’s clear that after the fall of the Empire, these soldiers don’t get their uniforms cleaned anymore. Before the meeting ends, Herzog offers the Mandalorian a payment in what looks to be a Republic credit ingot.
The other villain we’re introduced to is none other than Breaking Bad legend Giancarlo Esposito. Esposito is back to his villainous ways here, dressed in black and commanding an armed escort that’s wreaking havoc on a small village. We also see him piloting a TIE Fighter, which looks very cool in action.
What Is The Mandalorian’s Mission?
Favreau and Filoni were both cautious of going into too much detail about the story, but they did say that they were fascinated by the world of the bounty hunters and excited to explore everything that the premise had to offer. From the footage, we know that the Mandalorian is offered a job by Greef, who then sends him to Herzog’s character, who then gives him some more cryptic details about the mission. Herzog’s character believes that the Mandalorian should be able to complete his task with no problems, but it appears that characters like Giancarlo Esposito’s won’t make that easy. Cara Dune and the Mandalorian appear to be at odds in the beginning, so how they come to work together is still a mystery.
Favreau also said he’s excited to explore new worlds, vehicles, and aliens that we’ve never seen before. He went on to say that the overall story will be, “Pulling stuff in from legends, and bringing some of that EU stuff.”
Is IG-88 in The Mandalorian?
Hell yes. IG-88 (voiced by Taika Waititi) is one of the most famous bounty hunters in the galaxy, and kicks some serious ass during the brief glimpse we see of it in action. The deadly robot is shooting its way out of a tight spot with ease. The rogue assassin droid is visually impressive to watch and we can’t wait to see more of it.
What Is The Mandalorian’s Ship?
The Mandalorian will be cruising around the galaxy in style, with his menacing gunship called the Razorcrest. Favreau and Filoni showed us a behind the scenes clip of the Razorcrest being designed at ILM. Instead of relying solely on computer generated effects, the designers decided to build a small-scale model of the ship, and use practical effects to show it in flight. We didn’t get a great view of the ship on the inside, but the outside looks impressive.
What Kind of Aliens Will Be in The Mandalorian?
Favreau did promise us new aliens in The Mandalorian, but we also spotted some familiar faces – Devaronian, Trandoshan, Twi’lek, and Rodian. Did you see any aliens that we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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