Day 3 of Star Wars Celebration kicked off with a panel, dedicated to the upcoming Disney+ Original show, The Mandalorian, the first live action show set in the Star Wars universe.
At the panel, attendees were treated to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, series creator and show-runner Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man, Disney’s Jungle Book), and longtime Lucasfilm TV creator Dave Filoni (Rebels and The Clone Wars) on stage, and later on they were joined by series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers.
Favreau, who’s also been busy directing this summer’s upcoming live-action The Lion King, said,
“I was the right age when I saw the first Star Wars movie—with the cantina, and the smugglers, and the underworld. It was a very rich environment to tell a story in.”
Series star Pascal agreed, saying,
“The Mandalorian is a mysterious, lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character, in line with some of our best Westerns and some good samurai [movies].” Pascal went on to say he tried to put a lot of Clint Eastwood into the character, harking back to the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns.
The Mandalorian is set about five years after the Ewoks held their barbeque on the Forrest Moon of Endor and follows Pascal’s character as a sort of outlaw gunslinger in a semi-lawless post-Empire galaxy. Fans will recognize his armor as similar to that of Boba Fett. It’s not the same character, but don’t worry if you don’t know all that history—everything will make sense once the new series lands in November.
One of the coolest parts of the panel, was that the 501st group of cosplaying fans who create their own armor and make appearances at charity events and conventions, were asked to participate as performers—the first time they’ve been involved this way. Filoni admitted it will now be a HUGE deal that these fans—both male and female—can now call their armor “screen-used.”
While we hear in Australia will have to wait for Disney+ to launch here, when it does, the amount of people that will be watching this day one should be quite high.