Ahead of the launch of Disney+ in a few hours, a new sneak peek for “The Mandalorian” debuted during Monday Night Football – offering one last glimpse at the new “Star Wars” live-action series before the service launches in North America and the Netherlands sometime on Tuesday morning.
The clip shows off the full version of the cantina sequence seen in previous trailers. It follows in the wake of a new Vanity Fair interview in which its made clear that those who want every little thing interconnected in this universe are going to go hungry for payoffs.
Instead, the series is being envisioned as a jumping on point for non-diehards, opting to instead create its own lore. Taika Waititi, who both directs an episode and voices the character IG-11, says:
“There’s nothing really for anyone to latch on to and say this is sacred, which is great because it means you are giving them something that they recognize and they want, but you also get to keep surprising them in new ways and go, Well, also, we’re going to do this with them, you know? I think that keeps the whole thing alive.”
“The Mandalorian” will still feature references and easter eggs for fans, but director/producer Dave Filoni says he and showrunner Jon Favreau have little interest in exploiting previous stories for their series and it’s better anywhere for them not to meddle:
“Those stories mean something to somebody. They certainly mean something to the people that created those stories. And so if I don’t have to pull up the track on something, I don’t want to. And Jon feels the same way.”
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Bill Burr, Omid Abtahi, Taika Waititi, Ming-Na Wen, and Werner Herzog star in the series which will run for eight episodes between now and the New Year.