The first trailer for Jon Favreau’s ‘Star Wars’ spinoff series, ‘The Mandalorian’, has arrived and looks fantastic. The upcoming Disney+ show had revealed a similar trailer earlier at the Star Wars Celebration, but this is the first time they have made it public.
The trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ begins with helmets on stakes and ominous shots of people in a desert. It does not take too long to jump right into familiar Star Wars action. There are fighting spaceships, face to face confrontations, and battling droids. The aesthetic is freakier than what we normally expect from ‘Star Wars’ films, but a fan of the franchise will feel at home. We also get to see the titular gunslinging lone warrior, played by Pedro Pascal, in action.
Jon Favreau, the creator of the series, was present when the trailer was shown. He said, “I came in and pitched Kathleen Kennedy a version of a show that took place after ‘Return of the Jedi’. Chaos reigns because there’s no central government. It’s a world like the old Samurai movies and Westerns”. It makes sense since ‘The Mandalorian’ is not just heavily inspired by fan-favorite character Boba Fett, and his father, Jango. It also helps to fill in the gap between ‘Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi’, which shows the fall of the Empire, and the rise of the First Order. Favreau had earlier told The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to show a “darker, freakier side of Star Wars”.
Favreau’s intention with ‘The Mandalorian’ is to use the show’s aesthetic in order to answer questions about what it is like to be on Tatooine in the era between the trilogies. Since the first ‘Star Wars’ movie used Tatooine as a significant setting, Favreau decided to use it to tell new stories. Thus the show gives him the “opportunity to tell a story that’s bigger than television, but you don’t have the same expectations that a big holiday release has, which to me isn’t that type of Star Wars that comes out of me”. Favreau added, “The type of Star Wars that I’m inspired to tell is a smaller thing with new characters”. After the trailer was shown, Taika Waititi, who is one of the directors of the show and voices a droid named IG-11, said, “I just want to say that for droid representation, it was very important for me that those characters get enough screen time. They’re very misunderstood.”
‘The Mandalorian’ is going to be available for streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. It is an attempt by the streaming platform to attract subscribers with shows related to popular franchises like ‘Star Wars’. Apart from the release of the trailer, Ewan McGregor also officially announced at the same event that he will reprise the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi mentor, in another upcoming ‘Star Wars’ series from Disney+.
You can check out the trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ below.