The first trailer for The Mandalorian has officially been released online. Over the past 40+ years, the Star Wars franchise has been omnipresent in several mediums (most notably films), but one are where it's been conspicuously absent is live-action TV. To date, the property's small screen offerings have consisted of animated shows such as Clone Wars and Rebels, both of which significantly fleshed out the canon and gave viewers several new characters to love. But now, Star Wars is finally ready to make the leap to live-action TV.
This year, Disney is launching their streaming service, dubbed Disney+. Unsurprisingly, the Mouse House is banking heavily on their prominent subsidiaries to produce content for the platform and encourage people to subscribe. Among the programs that'll be included is The Mandalorian, a show set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The project made it through production largely under the radar, with only a handful of set photos revealing stormtroopers would be involved in some capacity. Fans have been waiting to get a proper look at what executive producer Jon Favreau and company have in store, and now a trailer's finally available.
Lucasfilm has now officially unveiled a preview for The Mandalorian. Check it out for yourself in the space below:
Similar to the trailers for Disney's Star Wars movies, this preview of The Mandalorian is focused more on establishing tone and atmosphere than revealing plot details. From its opening moments, it's clear the show is set during a chaotic and unlawful period in the timeline, with remnants of the Empire hunted down by the scoundrels and mercenaries trying to make a living in the universe. The Mandalorian looks to be a bit darker than the saga films are, but it still maintains the classic Star Wars aesthetic (seamlessly blending practical and digital effects) and boasts plenty of exciting action. It'll be fascinating to see how this cast of morally ambiguous characters comes together and what the main narrative entails. Since there do not appear to be any plans for a standalone Boba Fett movie in the near future, The Mandalorian is arguably the next best thing, taking viewers through the unruly galactic underworld.
Lucasfilm is definitely excited for what the series brings to the table, as they're already working on a second season. Star Wars has multiple series in the works for Disney+ (including the long-awaited Obi-Wan series), but The Mandalorian appears to be set up as one of the streaming service's crown jewels. Hopefully, it can live up to that potential. This trailer does a good job of generating hype and buzz, but time will tell if the final product delivers. Thankfully, fans don't have to wait much longer until The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+