After months of waiting, the first trailer for The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series for Disney+, arrived Friday at D23 Expo in Anaheim, four months after fans got their first look at the project at the show's panel during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago in April.
Set five years after 1983's Return of the Jedi, the show will be led by Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), who is playing a lone gunslinger/mercenary for hire in the Outer Rim. His character is a native of Mandalore, the home planet of Jango and Boba Fett, and a world obsessed with hardened warrior tactics and armor. Favreau, who created the series and wrote several episodes, was joined onstage at D23 by executive producer and episode director Dave Filoni, as well as Pascal and co-stars Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Taika Waititi (who's also directing for the series). Favreau and Filoni led off their porition of the presentation by talking a little about how they met, and then Filoni -- a fan favorite thanks to his work in Lucasfilm Animation -- gave Favreau's vision for the show his full endorsement, noting that the scripts "felt like Star Wars to me."
Then it was trailer time, and what a trailer it is. Our first peek at The Mandalorian footage is really more of a teaser, featuring the title character in his trademark helmet walking through various corners of the Star Wars galaxy. Favreau promised us that "chaos reigns" in the Outer Rim after the dissolution of the Empire, and that's evident right away from the stormtrooper helmets left to crumble in the desert sands. Things only get more intriguing from there, as the trailer shows us everything from Imperial remnants to bounty hunter droids in combat to a whole host of aliens. And it all ends with what's become a signature of the Star Wars bounty hunter. Check it out:
Since the project was first announced, Favreau's been teasing it nonstop, posting photos on social media of familiar characters and objects from the original Star Wars trilogy and specials. Now the footage is here to get us even more excited, and we can't wait to learn more about the various characters populating Favreau's take on the galaxy. Plus, how great was it to hear the likes of space gangster Werner Herzog discussing the complications that come with bounty hunting? That alone is worth the price of a streaming service.
The Mandalorian arrives on Disney+ November 12. What did you think of the first trailer? Tell us in the comments below!