id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> "Bounty hunting is a complicated profession ... don't you agree?" Long-awaited live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian is coming to the Disney Plus streaming service on Nov. 12, and the name has deep roots in the franchise's history, with links to the armor worn by bounty hunter Boba Fett.Disney unveiled a new poster during D23.
Disney/Lucasfilm We got a trailer at Disney's biannual D23 convention in August. The company whet our appetites by tweeting a new poster showing the Mandalorian walking away from his ship, with a binary sunset and some Sandcrawlers in the background, on a planet that looks a lot like Tatooine.
Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) will take on the title role: a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Pascal will be joined by Giancarlo Esposito (who played Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul); MMA fighter and Deadpool actress Gina Carano; Emily Swallow from Supernatural; Carl Weathers of Rocky and Predator fame; Down and Out in Beverly Hills actor Nick Nolte; Omid Abtahi from American Gods; Taika Waititi from Thor: Ragnarok; Agents of SHIELD's Ming-Na Wen; and Werner Herzog (who directed and narrated Grizzly Man).
The show will debut when Disney Plus launches Nov. 12, and episodes will drop weekly -- so you'll have to wait if you want to binge. Executive Producer Jon Favreau said he's already writing season 2 and that he hopes to direct one of the episodes.
Only a few characters have been revealed so far, including Carano's ex-rebel shock trooper Cara Dune, Weathers' Greef Carga and Waititi's assassin droid IG-11. Wen's casting announcement came early during D23.Pedro Pascal will play the show's lead role.
Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images At Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April, Pascal said the Mandalorian is "a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character."The Mandalorian will work closely with Carga.Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga.
Lucasfilm Carga is "kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters," Weathers revealed at Star Wars Celebration. "The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done."
The Celebration Chicago panel also revealed that Esposito plays an Imperial -- since revealed to be Moff Gideon -- Herzog's character is some sort of crime boss, and Home Decoration
Abtahi's is a doctor.
The Star Wars underworld is a very rich storytelling environment, according to Favreau. He wanted to get back to the tone of the old western and samurai films that inspired George Lucas, and says the show will be Star Wars meets Mad Max. Gina Carano is playing Cara Dune.
Lucasfilm The Mandalorian is one of four shows set in a galaxy far, far away coming to the Disney Plus streaming service. The company announced the seventh season of The Clone Wars over the summer and a Rogue One prequel series focusing on rebel spy Cassian Andor on Nov. 9. Most recently, at D23, Disney announced that Ewan McGregor would be returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a brand new show set to start shooting in 2020.Pedro Pascal as the Mandalorian.
Lucasfilm The Mandalorian is likely to be the streaming service's biggest draw, even if it's 20 years too late for some of us. We'll keep this guide updated with all the juicy details for you to gobble up like a hungry sarlacc. What else do we know?
Lucasfilm has steadily drip-fed information about the show since Favreau was announced as its writer and executive producer. It's not his first Star Wars rodeo. He voiced Pre Vizsla -- the violent leader of a Mandalorian splinter group -- in The Clone Wars and played pilot Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Boba Fett wears Mandalorian armor, but isn't a true Mandalorian.
Lucasfilm In summer 2018, Favreau revealed that the show will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so six years after the Empire's final defeat at the Battle of Jakku and 23 years before The Force Awakens) and will focus on all-new characters. We also have a New York Times report that its 10 episodes will enjoy a $100 million budget, which was the rumored cost of Westworld's first season.
Giancarlo Esposito, best known for playing the big bad of Breaking Bad, seems to be playing an Imperial officer in the show.Disney/Lucasfilm/Screenshot by Sean Keane/CNET Directors for some of the episodes:Dave Filoni -- The Clone Wars and Rebels creator will direct the first episode.Taika Waititi -- Directed Thor: Ragnarok.Bryce Dallas Howard -- Better known for her acting but has directed shorts like Soulmates.Rick Famuyiwa -- Directed Dope.Deborah Chow -- Directed Jessica Jones and Better Call Saul.
Favreau, Filoni, Colin Wilson and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy will be the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist will be co-executive producer.
Since announcing the show's name, Favreau has dropped a few hints and updates on Instagram. He revealed a rifle that'll be familiar to fans of the infamously bad Star Wars Holiday Special where Boba Fett made his first appearance in 1978.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Oct 12, 2018 at 7:17pm PDT
Favreau also shared a photo of a prop that looks a whole lot like that ice cream makery can carried by cult Empire Strikes Back character Willrow Hood -- perhaps an effort to highlight the show's attention to classic Star Wars detail.
Entertainment Weekly also posted one new exclusive shot, just recently, featuring the Mandalorian facing off against two Trandoshans.
The Mandalorian will be among the first projects for ILM TV, the newly announced TV division of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company. It'll be run from a new studio in London.
The show's soundtrack will be composed by Ludwig Göransson, who scored Black Panther, Venom and Creed II. Göransson's Black Panther score won him a Grammy on Feb. 10 and an Oscar on Feb. 25.
"In these next months I hope to honor the tradition of Star Wars' musical landscape while propelling The Mandalorian into new and unchartered territory," he said in a statement posted to StarWars.com. "And I will try to remember that there is no try."
On Dec. 25, Favreau gave fans a Christmas present in the form of a shot featuring a droid resembling bounty hunter IG-88 against a green screen -- presumably this is Taika Waititi's IG-11.View this post on Instagram Merry Christmas!A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Dec 25, 2018 at 8:17am PST
You might remember IG-88 as one of the bounty hunters seen on Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back as the Sith Lord tasked them with tracking down the Millennium Falcon.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:13pm PST
The Favreau droid parade continued in the Jan. 29 shot of R5-D4, an astromech that played a small but pivotal role in A New Hope. You might remember him as the droid Uncle Owen initially agreed to buy from the Jawas, until a bad motivator resulted in Owen taking R2-D2 instead.
We got a hint about the show's tone on Feb.