A mocked-up trailer for a comedic musical version of Star Wars series The Mandalorian has been released. Set in the years of the New Republic following Return of the Jedi and prior to the rise of the First Order, the show follows the adventures of a morally dubious bounty hunter, modeled visually on Boba and Jango Fett and character-wise on the Man With No Name as portrayed by Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns.
The titular loner will be played by Pedro Pascal, following several other roles as formidable characters in the like of Game of Thrones, Narcos, The Equalizer 2 and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Although official statements have proclaimed him to not be Boba Fett, this would be far from the first time audiences have been flat-out lied to in the name of maintaining spoiler secrecy.
The video was posted to legolambs, the YouTube channel of screenwriting and composer brothers Jon and Al Kaplan, writers of comedy horrors Zombeavers and Critters: A New Binge. Using variations on John Williams’ music from the Star Wars films interspersed in original cues mimicking the operatic bombast of the film’s musical themes, the song espouses the merits of the show and its unnamed gunslinger. The lyrics also act as a pretty efficient advert for Disney+ itself, “the streaming network of your dreams,” by working its price and subscription tiers into the lyrics, giving shout outs to live-action remakes like Aladdin, The Jungle Book and Lady and the Tramp, as well as the MCU content, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, The Simpsons and “that new series hosted by The Fly.” At the same time it also decries the premium content other providers offer, such as Game of Thrones, Westworld, Stranger Things and Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show.
The channel of the Kaplans is full of similar creations, offering equally humorous musical refrains based on distinctly non-musical movies such as A Quiet Place, Die Hard, War Horse, Conan the Barbarian and The Thing. As well as those of specific movies, other film-related compositions include a sweary baritone chant questioning Bridget Fonda’s sudden disappearance from acting, a rap decrying the outpouring of misogyny in the wake of The Force Awakens, and a ballad featuring Bryce Dallas Howard lamenting people mistaking her for Jessica Chastain.
Musical interpretations will never go out of style, with many TV series boasting at least one musical episode at some point in their run. As much as we might wish otherwise, there isn’t any musical version of The Mandalorian, but the song displays exactly the kind of self-referential humor that such compositions often have fun with. A mix of lyrics about the show and the service on which it will be streaming is somewhat appropriate, since although the vast amount of content will likely prevent Disney+ from immediately crashing and burning, the success of The Mandalorian is very much tied to that of the steaming platform itself, and should for some inexplicable reason the service go under, the show would quickly follow.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019