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The Mandalorian (also known as Star Wars: The Mandalorian) is an upcoming American space Western web television series scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. Set in the Star Wars universe, the series will take place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter beyond the reaches of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian
Star Wars - The Mandalorian release poster.jpg
Official release poster
Genre
Created byJon Favreau
Based onCharacters by George Lucas
Written byJon Favreau
Starring
Composer(s)Ludwig Göransson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyGreig Fraser
Production company(s)Lucasfilm
Fairview Entertainment
Budget$120 million[1]
Release
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)
External links
Website

Jon Favreau serves as creator, head writer, showrunner, and co-executive producer, alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. The show is set to star Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Bill Burr, Omid Abtahi, Taika Waititi, and Werner Herzog. There will be eight episodes in the first season.[2][3]

PremiseEdit

The Mandalorian takes place five years after the fall of the Empire as depicted in Return of the Jedi[a] and before the emergence of the First Order depicted in The Force Awakens. It follows an independent Mandalorian bounty hunter "in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic".[6]

Cast and charactersEdit

Additionally, members of the 501st Legion were called in to play stormtrooper extras.[8]

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1TBADave Filoni[14]Jon Favreau[15]November 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)[16]

Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard are also set to direct episodes, with Taika Waititi directing the first season finale.[17]

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

A live-action Star Wars TV series entered production in early 2009, with over 50 scripts produced by 2012, but due to their complex content, they were deemed too expensive to produce.[18] Its title was to have been Star Wars: Underworld.[19] In January 2013, following the 2012 sale of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company, then-president of the ABC television network Paul Lee spoke to the current status of the series commenting that "We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're not sure what yet. We haven't even sat down with them. We're going to look at [the live-action series], we're going to look at all of them, and see what's right. We weren't able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It's definitely going to be part of the conversation."[20] In June 2014, more details regarding the series were revealed, including that Boba Fett would have appeared.[21]

DevelopmentEdit

 
Teaser premise released by series creator, writer, showrunner, and chief executive producer Jon Favreau—announcing commencement of production on the TV series; paying homage to the Star Wars opening crawl.

On November 9, 2017, it was announced that Disney and Lucasfilm were developing a new live-action Star Wars television series for Disney's then-unnamed upcoming streaming service. The announcement was made by Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger while on a quarterly earnings call with investors.[22][23] On February 6, 2018, it was reported that Iger had revealed during another financial report conference call with investors that multiple Star Wars live-action series were actually in development by Disney saying, "We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app. We've mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn't completely closed, we can't be specific about that. I think you'll find the level of talent ... on the television front will be rather significant as well."[24]

On March 8, 2018, it was announced that the forthcoming series would be written and executive produced by Jon Favreau.[15] In May 2018, Favreau stated that half of the scripts for the first season had been completed.[25][26] On August 5, it was reported that the series had been budgeted around $100 million for 10 episodes.[27] On October 3, it was announced that the series had been titled The Mandalorian and the show's central premise was revealed.[6][28] The following day, it was revealed that additional executive producers would include Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson with Karen Gilchrist acting as a co-executive producer. Filoni was also expected to direct the series' first episode with additional directors including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.[14] On December 19, it was announced that Ludwig Göransson would compose the musical score for the series.[29]

In July 12, 2019, during the press release of The Lion King, Favreau revealed that the series was renewed for a second season ahead of the first season's release, with Favreau already having written scripts for the second season and pre-production being underway.[30] Favreau plans to direct an episode of the second season, and stated that he was too busy with the production of The Lion King to direct any of the series' first season.[17]

CastingEdit

In November 2018, it was announced that Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Nick Nolte had been cast in starring roles.[31][32][33][34] After meating with Favreau, Pascal initially thought he would be playing Boba Fett.[35] On December 12, 2018, it was announced that Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog had joined the main cast.[9] On March 21, 2019, Taika Waititi was revealed to be recording a voice for the series, speculated to be bounty hunter droid IG-88,[36] but which turned out to be a new character named IG-11.[7] Footage shown at Star Wars Celebration in April 2019 revealed that Bill Burr and Mark Boone Junior were in the series, with Burr portraying an outlaw.[11] At the D23 Expo in August, it was revealed Ming-Na Wen would appear in the series.[12] Julia Jones's casting was announced in September.[13]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography for the series reportedly began during the first week of October 2018 in Southern California.[37] On October 19, George Lucas visited the set of the series as a birthday surprise for Favreau;[38] it was later revealed that Lucas had some level of involvement in creating the show.[39] On October 25, it was reported that police were investigating the grand theft of several unspecified items from The Mandalorian's set at the Manhattan Beach Studios campus in Manhattan Beach, California.[40][41] Filming for the first season wrapped on February 27, 2019.[42]

According to Bryce Dallas Howard, Favreau and Filoni allowed individual episode directors the freedom to "put our stamp on everything". She said this surprised her father, Ron Howard, who directed Solo: A Star Wars Story.[43]

Visual effectsEdit

Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic, a subsidiary of Lucasfilm, opened a new division in November 2018 targeted for streaming and episodic television called ILM TV. Based in London with support from the company's locations in San Francisco, Vancouver, and Singapore, it is expected that the new division will work extensively on live-action Star Wars television series, starting with The Mandalorian.[44]

Unreal Engine, a game engine developed by Epic Games, is used to create the digital backgrounds. It makes the rendering of the visual effects faster than would normally be possible for a live-action series, and Favreau said the technology can be applied to a variety of challenges. So rather than using sketches on a whiteboard to map out scenes, the storyboarding was done on the game engine. Profile Studios provided the real-time camera tracking in the 3D environments. [45][46]

ReleaseEdit

The Mandalorian is scheduled to premiere on November 12, 2019, on the streaming service Disney+, in the United States,[16] in 4K HDR.[47]

MarketingEdit

On October 4, 2018, the first promotional image from the series was released, featuring a Mandalorian with a rifle.[14] About a week later, Favreau released a photo through his official Instagram account featuring a rifle with a two-pronged barrel, an apparent callback to Boba Fett's weapon in The Star Wars Holiday Special.[48][49] Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and the main cast hosted a Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago on April 14, 2019, where the first footage premiered to fans in attendance.[50] The first official poster and trailer were released at the D23 Expo on August 23, 2019.[51][52]

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Jon Favreau initially stated that the series would be set seven, and then three years after Return of the Jedi. However, at Star Wars Celebration in 2019, Favreau said that the series is set five years after that film.[4] This was verified at the D23 Expo.[5]

CitationsEdit

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