Disney is normally extremely tight-lipped when it comes to all things ‘Star Wars’, but this weekend at Star Wars Celebration, fans were greeted with a deluge of new information, including the title of the last installment of the current ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, and the first trailer. But as Disney’s Bob Iger revealed, this will be the last ‘Star Wars’ movie for a while, as the studio takes a breather to decide on the future of the franchise.
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But that doesn’t mean that fans will be facing a Tatooine drought. Disney will be storming the small screen this winter when Disney+ launches, featuring the new series ‘The Mandalorian’. The show’s creator Jon Favreau, who serves as executive producer, writer and showrunner, was on hand, along with the show’s three stars, Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers, to discuss the show and their characters.
As for what to expect, how does Clint Eastwood in space sound? As Pascal stated:
“The Mandalorian is a mysterious, lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character, in line with some of our best Westerns, and some good samurai [films.] And he’s a badass. He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him.”
In the 1960s, Eastwood made a name for himself starring in gritty “spaghetti westerns,” most notably those directed by Sergio Leone.
Favreau has stated that ‘The Mandalorian’ will explore the “scum and villainy” side of things, which has been glimpsed on occasion in the films, beginning with the classic Mos Eisley Cantina scene in ‘A New Hope’. Among those shady individuals that viewers will meet are Garano’s Cara Dune, and Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga.
Garano says Cara Dune is an “ex-Rebel shock trooper,” who is “having some trouble reintegrating myself into society.” These Rebel shock troopers were described as being akin to “paratroopers, that were among the toughest and most resilient.”
As reported by Entertainment Weekly:
When the war ends, veterans like Dune found herself adrift, looking for a new place to belong, and haunted by what she had witnessed and done, even in the name of a good cause.
Though he may not be an outright villain, Greef Karga is definitely a string-puller on this series and it’s a mission from him that sets things in motion for Pascal’s titular character.
As Weathers says:
“He is a guy who is running this group of bounty hunters, he’s kind of the head of this guild of bounty hunters. There seems to be a lot of nefarious people… He’s looking for someone to go after a product that he wants to bring to a client that’s worth a lot and that’s very valuable, and guess who he finds? He finds a bounty hunter named ‘Mandalorian.’ And The Mando is a guy that he figures can get the job done so he hires this guy, sends him out there and the Mando does what needs to be done.”
‘The Mandalorian’ takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi’, so some characters from the classic trilogy will appear. Director Taika Waititi will contribute the voice of IG-88, the spindly silver droid glimpsed briefly in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.
What do you think of ‘The Mandalorian’ so far?
‘The Mandalorian’ will be available when Disney+ launches on November 12, 2019. Disney+ will be $6.99 a month or $69.99 for a year.