The latest set photos for The Mandalorian reveal an actor wearing a death trooper costume. It's a franchise tradition for each new Star Wars movie to introduce a fresh stormtrooper variant, and the death troopers made their debut in 2016's Rogue One. Billed as elite soldiers of the Empire, they were primarily seen in the spinoff accompanying Director Krennic. Admittedly, the death troopers didn't do much differently in action when compared to the normal infantry, but their all-black armor nevertheless looked cool and made them stand out.
Of course, the death troopers are not present in the original trilogy and only appeared in a handful of other canon materials outside of Rogue One, so it'd be understandable if fans thought their brief contributions to the property were over. However, with The Mandalorian already featuring regular stormtroopers in some capacity, it seems as if Jon Favreau and company found room for at least one death trooper in the TV show.
New Mandalorian set pictures from Making Star Wars show a trio of actors standing together, dressed in stormtrooper costumes. Two are clearly wearing the traditional armor, but the third is donning black armor. Since the actors are sans helmets, there's a chance this isn't a death trooper, but as of now, it looks like death troopers will have a presence in the series.
The official Mandalorian synopsis revealed the show follows a "lone gunfighter" who traverses the underworld of the galaxy, far away from the eyes of the New Republic. With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see how stormtroopers factor into the narrative. The Mandalorian reportedly takes place years after the Battle of Jakku and the formal end of the Galactic Civil War, so the Empire definitely does not have a stranglehold on the galaxy at this point in the timeline. Still, there are remnants scattered throughout the galaxy, and former members may have traveled to remote worlds in order to avoid arrest by Republic authorities. Nobody should expect stormtroopers to have major roles on The Mandalorian (yet, anyway), but they should be a fascinating background element that expands on the mythology.
By Lucasfilm's standards, the secrecy surrounding The Mandalorian is quite impressive. Pedro Pascal is the only reported cast member (rumors about Carl Weathers persist, too) and he hasn't even been confirmed by the studio. The creative team is keeping things close to the chest, but they likely have a marketing strategy in place to rollout the key information. And with Star Wars Celebration 2019 a handful of months away, it's only a matter of time before fans learn more about the property's first live-action TV show.
Source: Making Star Wars