On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Star Wars Celebration attendees and live streamers were treated to significant new details on The Mandalorian. The panel hosted executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, and stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers, who showed teaser footage and new photo stills as they talked about the characters, storyline, and behind the scenes creations.
The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars TV series, and will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service on November 12. Along with executive producing the series, Favreau serves as the writer and Filoni directed an episode. Pascal stars as the Mandalorian, with Weathers as Greef Carga and Carano as Cara Dune.
The series is set sometime in the period between A New Hope and The Force Awakens, after the fall of the Empire and before the First Order rose to power.
Pascal’s character is modeled on iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett, who travels throughout the galaxy far from the New Republic’s reach. He is a mysterious, lone gunfighter of “questionable moral character,” according to Pascal.
Carano’s Cara Dune is an ex-Rebel Shock Trooper who is a loner, having trouble reintegrating into society.
As Greef Carga, Weathers, is the head of a bounty hunter guild. He’s looking for someone to go after a valuable product that he wants to bring to a client, so he hires the Mandalorian to retrieve it.
The show has enlisted several talented directors with Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Other directors helming episodes include Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), actress Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).
During the panel, they also discussed having the 501st Legion film in the show and what it was like bringing them into the series, what it was like seeing their homemade armor, and how the cast and crew were impressed with their performances.
Favreau and Filoni talked about using practical effects like, puppetry and animatronics. They talked about building models for the show, using 3D printing, sculpting, using all the motion control tech and how it harkens back to the original trilogy. With ships being as important as they are, the executive producers also gave some details about the Mandalorian’s ship, which is called the Razor Crest and is modeled like a gun ship.
The panel closed with some questions via Twitter about Mandalorian history, working on story ideas, the intricacies of Star Wars and how The Mandalorian fits in, and other inspirations like the movies of Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa.
The Mandalorian will begin streaming on November 12 and also includes Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog.