The Walt Disney Company is looking to keep the streaming momentum as Disney+ gears up for its November 12 launch. While the new service is expected to have 10 original series on launch, all eyes are on the first live-action Star Wars television/streaming series, Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian.
Now we have two upates on the upcoming series – one that will definitely get Star Wars fans' brains burning with speculation, and one that makes our jobs quite a bit harder:
● In a profile of the streaming service, The New York Times revealed that a "dramatic Star Wars-universe spoiler" will happen in the series opener:
"The Mandalorian, which contains a dramatic Star Wars-universe spoiler in the first episode and will be available the moment Disney Plus starts, has been as heavily promoted as a traditional feature film, with billboards, 30-second television commercials, radio spots, and digital ads."
● Maybe that might explain the next news, then: in order to keep "any surprises and plot twists" from being spoiled, advance screeners will not be made available before the series premiere. Translation? Sites like Bleeding Cool won't be able to give you a "yay" or "nay" about the series until it drops – which we're guessing is also a pretty good way to avoid any potential pre-premiere critical reviews that could hurt launch day traction.
Asking for a friend…
We also have some new character profile key art for the series:
If Disney "big cheese" Bob Iger is to be believed (not that he's not trustworthy – it's just that the show is coming from his company sooo…), fans have every right to be excited by what they've seen so far.
Why? Because he's screened the first episode – and from what's being reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it sounds like the reported $15M per episode budget was more than worth the investment:
"[There's] nothing like it on the air. If you're going to do a live-action Star Wars series, this is the way to do it."
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the drama from showrunner Favreau (The Lion King) and Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, and Mark Boone Jr. star – and here's a look at what's in store:
Here's a look back at the upcoming series' official panel from Star Wars Celebration 2019, where momentum for the series really began to build: