Just when we thought the behind-the-scenes featurette was the limit of the exclusive material screened at Star Wars Celebration, Jon Favreau and the team unveiled the real deal — roughly ten minutes of footage from the actual series.
The piece kicked off with The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) walking into a cantina packed with curious individuals, likely up to no good. The Mandalorian sits down with Carl Weathers’ character, Greef Marda (spelling unconfirmed), who sorts through a bunch of “pucks,” each representing a different bounty. As described during the panel, Grief is running a guild of bounty hunters and he’s looking for someone to go after a very valuable product for a client. Grief explains that the payment will come from someone with deep pockets. He gives The Mandalorian a card and sends him to get further details on the job at another location.
From there, The Mandalorian takes to the streets and walks through a market where he passes a Kowakian monkey-lizard (like Salacious Crumb) roasting on a spit. There’s another nearby locked in a cage. He arrives at his destination and before he’s let in, he’s scanned by a TT-8L gatekeeper droid, very reminiscent of the one at Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi. He’s escorted in by a GNK droid and ultimately, a door slides open revealing a room full of Stormtroopers as well as Werner Herzog’s character, someone clearly affiliated with the Empire.
This is probably a good time to explain that The Mandalorian is set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Empire has been defeated and Emperor Palpatine’s orders to secretly rebuild in the Unknown Regions is underway, so these individuals that we see here representing the Empire are likely those who are deemed unworthy and left behind, which is probably why their uniforms are a bit tattered.
The Mandalorian sits down with Herzog who lays out the plan. Grief chose The Mandalorian for this job because “he’s the best in the parsec.” An extremely uncomfortable looking Imperial doctor (Omid Abtahi) steps in, breaking the eerie calm in the room. Herzog explains that the doctor’s “enthusiasm outweighs his discretion.” They attempt to end the standoff by telling The Mandalorian that they out number him four to one. He replies, “I like those odds.”
They sit back down and that’s when Herzog’s unveils something to serve as a downpayment. At first, The Mandalorian is instructed to deliver the targeted asset alive but then, much to the doctor’s disapproval, Herzog tells him that proof of termination will be accepted too, but for a lesser payment. The Mandalorian asks him “to see the puck,” but Herzog explains that this arrangement is a less traditional one. He says he’ll be given a tracker and slides The Mandalorian a piece of Beskar (Mandalorian iron), and apparently there’s more where that came from. He tells him that the Beskar belongs back in the hands of the Mandalorians after “a period of such disarray.”
That’s where the footage wrapped up, but it serves as quite the set-up! We don’t see a single frame of Pedro Pascal in the flesh, but the way the material is shot ensures your focus is on The Mandalorian and quickly establishes him as a strong anchor to walk you through the chaos. The production value here is through the roof, gritty, visceral, and the scenes also boast an incredible amount of tension, suggesting threats are lurking everywhere and blaster fire could fly at any given moment. The attention to detail is quite striking as well. During the panel, Favreau and Filoni noted that The Mandalorian is a show that should satisfy long-time fans but also serve as a great entry point for newcomers as well, and this footage did suggest they might be able to achieve that.
You can watch The Mandalorian on Disney+ in the US on day one of launch, November 12th.
For more coverage out of Star Wars Celebration, check out the links below:
- First ‘Star Wars 9’ Trailer Teases the End of the Trilogy
- ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Is a Single-Player Jedi Fantasy Story Game
- ‘Star Wars’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Teases Past, Present, and Future at SWC
- ‘Star Wars 9’: Is the New Generation Ready to Face the Greatest Evil?
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Everything We Learned About Batuu and Black Spire Outpost