“Mandalorian” Is “Darker, Freakier” Star Wars

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There have been photos and featurettes, but we’ve yet to see any real footage released from the first live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” which serves as the big launch title of the coming Disney+ streaming service.

That should change on Friday as the show’s first trailer is expected to premiere as part of the D23 Expo. Ahead of the show’s panel there, creator and showrunner Jon Favreau spoke to THR about the new show and dubs it as a series showing the “darker, freakier side of Star Wars” along with a comparison to Mad Max.

Pedro Pascal stars in the series which is set after the events of “Return of the Jedi” as we follow a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. He will be joined by Gina Carano as former Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune who is having trouble re-integrating herself into society.

Also onboard is Carl Weathers as Greef, a man who heads a guild of bounty hunters that hires The Mandalorian for a specific job. Of the show’s aim, Favreau says:

“There’s a certain look that the Mandalorian lead character has, there’s a size that the spaceship is, there’s a scale that lines up with the original trilogy. I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy [and] 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.

Disney+ is emerging and there’s an opportunity to tell a story that’s bigger than television, but you don’t have the same expectations that a big holiday release has, which to me isn’t that type of Star Wars that comes out of me. The type of Star Wars that I’m inspired to tell is a smaller thing with new characters.”

Favreau also confirms that the series is exactly what he wanted it to be, and in fact he wrote four of the episodes before he even had a deal because: “I wanted to do this but only if they wanted to do the version that I wanted to do.”

Also set to star in the series are Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte and the voice of Taika Waititi. Waititi, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard helmed episodes of the first season which launches November 12th.