While the highlight of Star Wars Celebration Chicago might have been the reveal of the new trailer for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars television shows also made headlines for those fans interested in the expanded stories of the heroes and villains of a galaxy far, far way. By far the most important reveals for the franchise’s new shows centered around the upcoming Disney Plus series The Mandalorian. During a panel for the show, the creative team of Jon Favreau and Kathleen Kennedy plus cast members Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers talked the tone of the upcoming series.
Favreau says that The Mandalorian will explore the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars universe. Taking place on a planet in the Outer Rim five years after Return of the Jedi, Favreau says that he wants the show to have the feel of a traditional western. Elaborating, Favreau and Kennedy say that the series will have the throwback vibe of the original Star Wars film from 1977, which incorporated tropes from western films as well as samurai adventures like Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. Favreau continues by saying that the show will explore the seedier side of the Star Wars universe through the morally questionable actions of its main characters. Pascal plays the titular character, a bounty hunter who accepts a contract from a faction of the now shattered Galactic Empire. Carano and Weathers round out the cast as a former Rebel Alliance shock trooper and leader of a guild of bounty hunters, respectively.
Like most Star Wars properties, Favreau says that The Mandalorian will explore new planets and feature the first appearance of new types of alien beasts and starships. Front and center will be the Mandalorian’s personal ship the Razorcrest, a fearsome vessel with heavy firepower. Despite the new places and vehicles, Favreau also says that the series will have many of the same aesthetics that fans of the series will recognize at first glance. Favreau specifically points out that the Mandalorian’s armor will be instantly recognizable to those familiar with Star Wars properties as it bears a striking resemblance to the suits worn by the classic bounty hunters Jango and Boba Fett from the film series.
The Mandalorian will be available for streaming when Disney Plus launches on November 12, 2019.