Disney released the latest trailer for the new Star Wars-inspired Disney+ series The Mandalorian and the crowds are going wild.
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Taika Waititi, and Werner Herzog. It is set in the Star Wars universe, and the storyline takes place five years after the story of Return of the Jedi—25 years before the First Order emerges in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, part of the original trilogy trio. The Mandalorian bounty hunter story will line up with the history, order of events and characters from the original Star Wars movies like the aforementioned films, The Empire Strikes Back, etc. Creaor Jon Favreau promises a “darker, freakier” side of Star Wars, but what exactly he means by that, we’ve yet to see.
The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter, and the new series follows him beyond the reaches and authority of the New Republic. Then again, bounty hunters don’t usually concern themselves with laws, jurisdiction, and the like and feel perfectly within their element in battles, wars, and face-to-face confrontation.
But as is said in the trailer, “bounty hunting is a complicated profession,” and deciphering exactly what we can expect from the brand-new Star Wars series is equally complicated, as we don’t get too many clues or hints about the series from the trailer.
As usual with a new series within a franchise, fans get to thinking and theories begin to take shape, and the lack of plot shared in the trailers for The Mandalorian makes this even more suspenseful.
One theory that has begun to take shape is that The Mandalorian in this series is actually Boba Fett himself, minus the green armor. Yes, some Star Wars fans think that Boba Fett wasn’t killed when he fell into the Sarlacc pit. Hey, it could be true. It wouldn’t be the first time in the Skywalker Saga that a character fell into a pit and lived to tell about it (or seek revenge for it).
Perhaps Boba Fett is the one clad in rust-colored armor, concealing his identity from any Jedi he comes across. One fan was quoted as saying she would “hurl [herself] into the cold vacuum of space if they try to make Boba Fett a thing again.”
Apparently Fett is quasi-overrated.
Rumors have been swirling since 2018 that The Mandalorian will tell how the bounty hunter rescued a baby he was actually ordered to kill and is instead taking every necessary precaution to shelter and protect the child. Is it possible that the series will focus largely on the relationship that develops over time between the Mandalorian and the child he has vowed to protect?
Some have said that part of The Mandalorian story will be about the bounty hunter’s attempts at restoring Mandalore. Could the baby play a role in the rebuilding of Mandalore? It certainly doesn’t sound too far outside the realm of possibility, and a baby is certainly the best symbol for a “rebirth” of a civilization.
Some Star Wars fans point out that the supposed “lone” bounty hunter may not have always worked solo. They base this on the opening of the trailer released yesterday that shows several Stormtrooper helmets mounted on stakes. Could one bounty hunter working alone create such carnage, or did he have the help of fellow Mandalorian bounty hunters? And if so, where are those bounty hunters now?
And while details remain very scarce on the upcoming series debuting exclusively on Disney+, we do get a “space western” feel to The Mandalorian, especially during a scene we see in the most recently released trailer in which the bounty hunter finally speaks.
The Mandalorian and the so-far-unnamed villain played by Werner Herzog square off in what looks like a cantina. “Mandalorian, look outside,” Herzog says. “They’re waiting for you.” And it’s then that the Mandalorian seems to have a little bit of Clint Eastwood in him when he responds with “Yeah? Good.”
The Mandalorian is part of the Star Wars franchise, but it is not part of any Star Wars trilogy or the so-called Skywalker Saga. It was created and co-written by Jon Favreau, who happens to be on of Star Wars’ biggest fans. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Dave Filoni also co-wrote The Mandalorian.
Favreau brought The Lion King to dazzling life earlier this year, and Kennedy has been the President of Lucasfilm since 2012. Filoni is best known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Filoni also created Star Wars Rebels and worked as executive director on the project as well.
Pedro Pascal will play the role of the fearless Mandalorian, a bounty hunter clad in Mandalorian armor with questionable moral character, and Gina Carano plays the character of Cara Dune, the love interest of the Mandalorian who is a former Rebel Shock Trooper who is now a mercenary. Giancarlo Esposito plays Moff Gideon, who was once a governor under the Empire. And Carl Weathers is Greef Carga. He leads a bounty hunter guild and hires the Mandalorian bounty hunter.
Eight episodes will be released in the first season of the new Star Wars-inspired TV series, also called Star Wars: The Mandalorian, which begins streaming on Disney+ on Tuesday, November 12. Beginning Friday, November 15, a new episode will be released every Friday. Filming has already begun on Season 2 of The Mandalorian.
Will you be streaming The Mandalorian when it finally premieres on the Disney+ streaming service? Who do you think the Mandalorian is? And what relation is there, if any, between the Mandalorian and Boba Fett, beyond being from Mandalore? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.