Star Wars' upcoming web television series, The Mandalorian, is the perfect fix for franchise fanatics that are still mourning the loss of the Boba Fett solo movie. The Mandalorian tells the story of an unnamed bounty hunter, known only as "The Mandalorian" for now, and takes place shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. It's set to premiere on Nov. 12 on Disney's soon-to-be-released streaming service, Disney+.
Unlike Netflix's formula, which allows streamers to binge a show in one sitting, Star Wars fans will have to wait for new episodes of the series. As disappointing as that may be, the first episode will be instantly available to Disney+ subscribers at launch, with a small possibility of a second episode being added in. A lot of details surrounding the live-action series have been kept under lock and key, but this year's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago gave fans a glimpse at these new characters brought to life. Official images showed Gina Carano in character as Kara Dune along with Carl Weathers as Greef Marga. To top it all off, exclusive footage also showcased Pedro Pascal as the titular character working with Weathers' Greef to make a commission.
Photos of Pascal's Mandalorian are strikingly similar to Star Wars' infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett. In an interview with GMA, Jon Favreau stated that inspiration for the series was drawn from the fact that he never felt he, "got to see enough of Boba Fett," even though there was, "so much hype," around him. Favreau and the series' co-creator, Dave Filoni, created the show out of an intrigue that surrounded the mysterious bounty hunter, and a longing to know more about him. Pascal added in that his character, "is a bounty hunter like Boba Fett and a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy."
Boba Fett is a character that many in the Star Wars fan base have longed to learn more about. For years, a film surrounding the character was supposedly in the works, but was scrapped in late 2018 after Solo: A Star Wars Story had an underwhelming performance at the box office. Fearing for upcoming projects surrounding individual characters in the Star Wars universe, current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the decision to end the project altogether. Instead, she pursued The Mandalorian, which would give fans a deeper look at bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe while also serving as a safer bet profit-wise for the company on Disney's streaming service.
The highly anticipated live-action television series will be a brand new adventure for Star Wars fans, and with anticipation for Disney's upcoming streaming service building, the show is sure to start off on a high note. It's a new and exciting way to explore and deepen lore surrounding bounty hunters in the galaxy. Favreau and Filoni's excitement and personal enjoyment for creating the project is a good sign that the series is being put together with the utmost care. Not to mention, if the show ends up being a success, fans could be treated to a Boba Fett appearance later down the line.
The Mandalorian premieres Tuesday November 12th on Disney+.