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The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars TV show—unless you count the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, which Disney would prefer we all forgot. With a $100 million budget for 10 episodes, The Mandalorian is expected to be on par with Game of Thrones. Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), it features an impressive creative team that includes Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waiti.
Lucasfilm announced the show’s cast on the official Star Wars website, confirming that Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal will star as the titular Mandalorian. Aside from Pascal, Deadpool‘s Gina Carano, Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte have all been confirmed.
As of July 2019, Favreau is already working on pre-production for season 2, suggesting the show is all but guaranteed for renewal.
Ludwig Göransson, whose previous work includes Black Panther, Creed and Creed II, Venom, and Community, will compose the score for The Mandalorian.
“Words fail to express how surreal and humbling it feels to be invited into the Star Wars universe,” Göransson said in a statement. “I am deeply grateful to Jon Favreau and Disney for this opportunity and to John Williams for raising the bar so high with his iconic, intrepid scores — they will never be matched. In these next months I hope to honor the tradition of Star Wars’ musical landscape while propelling The Mandalorian into new and unchartered territory. And I will try to remember that there is no try.”
With production underway, Disney is starting to release details from behind the scenes. Here’s everything we know so far about The Mandalorian, including our first official photo from the set:
The Mandalorian plot
On Oct. 3, 2018, showrunner Jon Favreau shared a synopsis for The Mandalorian on his Instagram page:
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”
Mandalorians are a culture from the planet Mandalore, known for their combat skills and distinctive armor—hence why the photo looks a bit like Boba Fett. Boba and Jango Fett both wear Mandalorian armor and helmets, but if you’re familiar with Star Wars extended canon, you’ll know plenty of other Mandalorian characters, like Sabine Wren in Star Wars: Rebels. We don’t know the identity of The Mandalorian‘s gunfighter protagonist, but it’s thought to be a new character.
Favreau’s synopsis suggests a Wild West kind of story, and the timeline is pretty open. There’s a 30-year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, giving plenty of room to maneuver.
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The Mandalorian creative team
Favreau is currently listed as the only writer, having conceived the show with Lucasfilm producers Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. He’s had plenty of experience with big-budget productions like this, directing blockbusters like Iron Man and The Jungle Book.
StarWars.com announced the show’s directors on Oct. 5, 2018, and it’s an intriguing list. Star Wars animation mastermind Dave Filoni will direct the first episode, with later episodes directed by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (best known as an actress in films like Jurassic World), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). Not only is that a cool team with some interesting credits to their names—it also means Disney finally hired some directors who aren’t white men.
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The Mandalorian cast
Pascal will portray the Mandalorian at the center of the show, although his character’s name has yet to be revealed. Gina Carano plays a former Rebel shock trooper named Cara Dune, Carl Weathers plays a bounty hunter called Greef Carga, and Omid Abtahi plays someone named Dr. Pershing. The other lead roles have not been announced, although Jon Fravreau posted a photo that suggests Taika Waititi will voice voice the droid bounty hunter IG-88.
The Mandalorian release date
This hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we estimate winter 2019. Principal photography began in October 2018.
The Mandalorian trailer
We expect to see The Mandalorian trailer sometime in mid-2019.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor