Disney and Lucasfilm finally unveiled the first teaser for The Mandalorian. The short video was shown live to an eager audience at this year’s Star Wars Celebration fan convention. But it was blacked out from a livestream of the event, and hasn’t been made public yet.
The Mandalorian will be Disney’s first live-action Star Wars television show. It will also headline the media company’s new streaming service, Disney Plus, which will be the show’s exclusive home when it premieres later this year.
Jon Favreau, known for his work on the Iron Man movies, will be teaming up with Dave Filoni among others as executive producers. Filoni also worked on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels cartoons. He’s also set to direct the first episode.
The Mandalorian will be played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones). In the short clip, Pascal was shown walking in full armor along a narrow causeway while waves crashed around him. An oculus-like door opened, revealing what looks to be a rugged cantina inside.
Other cast members include Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6), Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow (The Mentalist), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Omid Abtahi (Mockingjay Pt. 2) Nick Nolte (Affliction) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad).
Favreau had previously revealed that the show would focus on a new Mandalorian warrior, and tell a story heavily inspired by the legendary Boba Fett and his father, Jango. Importantly, the program will fill a significant gap in the new Star Wars canon. It will take place three years after the events of Return of the Jedi, after the fall of the Empire but before the rise of the First Order.
The Mandalorian isn’t the only live-action series in the works. In November Disney announced it had signed on actor Diego Luna to reprise his role as Cassian Andor in a spin-off series based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Update: Surprising everyone in the audience, at the very end of today’s panel The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau showed an extended clip from the first episode of the show. It opens with Pascal as the eponymous bounty hunter seated with Carl Weathers, negotiating a job.
The scene played out in a murky cantina, filled with more than a dozen alien species, many of which are new to the Star Wars canon. On the street outside, vendors were roasting Kowakian monkey-lizards, a creature that previously appeared in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as Jabba the Hutt’s pet Salacious B. Crumb.
The scene concluded inside an office at the end of a dimly-lit alley. Inside was Werner Herzog, wearing the mantle of an Imperial administrator. He was guarded by four filthy stormtroopers. The group was clearly in hiding following the fall of the Empire.
There, Pascal and Weathers brokered a deal to return an anonymous 50-year-old subject to Herzog. In return, Herzog offered the Mandalorian billets of beskar, a special form of indestructible iron used to make his iconic armor.
Both Favreau and other staff at the event stressed that no one in the stadium, which seats thousands, was allowed to record the segment. Nonetheless, expect many recordings to pop up on YouTube.