So for those of you who aren’t massive Star Wars nerds, every year Star Wars Celebration happens. Yes. It. Does.
At Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm takes the opportunity to draw together the collective fan base of fans and introduces a lot of cool stuff. This year, in Chicago, the roof was raised at SWC for a number of reasons. Firstly, we got our first look at the teaser trailer for Star Wars 9 and a title The Rise of Skywalker. And there was the coolest panel ever to introduce this MC’d by Stephen Colbert (who is a huge Star Wars fan).
If this wasn’t cool enough, among other amazing announcements were glimpses of Disney’s forthcoming Galaxy’s Edge theme park, Warwick Davis riding a Segway – but nothing I’ve seen this year was as cool as the footage of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni talking about The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series (well, streaming series, but you get me).
Rolling out on Disney+ when it goes live later this year, The Mandalorian looks absolutely spectacular, a top-shelf production with a killer cast and a tone that perfectly captures the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” feel of A New Hope‘s Cantina sequence.
Unfortunately first look footage wasn’t filmed because it was just for celebration fans – so darn it, we can’t look at it.
But, as Scott Wampler reports who actually was in Chicago, we have something truly amazing to look forward to: “Today’s Mandalorian panel dropped two batches of footage on us, neither of which were made available to people live-streaming the panel at home. The first was more of a behind-the-scenes clip showing off the creatures, sets, and costumes from Favreau’s series, along with a few random shots from the show itself: The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) using a tracking device while walking through a barren, rainy landscape; the Mandalorian entering a darkened hallway that opened up into a dingy, sleazy-looking backroom somewhere; a few glimpses of Carl Weathers and Gina Carano’s characters in their Star Warsgear, holding big-a.. rifles. This bit of footage alone was enough to get me hyped about the show, but the second round of footage – which Favreau unveiled after cutting off the live-stream – was truly awesome.”
While Disney+ won’t be launching immediately in Australia when it launches in November this year in the US, here’s hoping that local Disney streaming content provider Stan will pick up what sounds like the coolest new entry into the Star Wars universe with The Mandalorian.
Given that Bob Iger, head of Disney has said that the Star Wars films are on a hiatus at the moment (with Rian Johnson and the Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s trilogies in development but with no release dates as yet) due to the backlash from The Last Jedi and the low box office of Solo, it seems that The Mandalorian is the one thing we can look forward to.
Oh, and that little Star Wars film coming out at the end of the year, you know The Rise of Skywalker…
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