Celebration sheds a little more light on The Mandalorian

Sure, The Mandalorian debuted footage here at Celebration Chicago on Sunday… But they haven’t actually released any of it elsewhere, not even the behind-the-scenes reel. There are a couple of stills and a basic plot breakdown.

The Mandalorian himself isn’t getting a name just yet, but we did learn that he’s working for Carl Weathers’ Greef Carga, who heads up a guild of bounty hunters. Gina Carano is playing Cara Dune, a former Rebel shock trooper, who gets in pulled in… Somehow. More over at StarWars.com.

Here’s the livestream, sans footage. It’s pretty much the Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau show, though Pedro Pascal is pretty hyped up about the whole thing:

For the record, I am never in favor of con-exclusive footage, but hey, if Lucasfilm and Disney would prefer to play whack-a-mole all over the internet with fuzzy subpar copies, that’s their business. Meanwhile, there are many recaps.

And here’s the cast on the live show stage later:

The first episode of the show will be on Disney+ at launch on November 12, and the current plan does seem to be a weekly release, which is a big relief (for me at least.)

Disney+ launches in November; Alan Tudyk joins Cassian show

The Disney+ publicity push started in earnest today, with the monthly price ($6.99) and launch date (November 12 for the U.S./Canada) finally announced.

For Star Wars fans, there is at least one big surprise: All the films will be coming to the service within the first year, which is contrary to what was said previously. (Deals were made? Deals were made!) As for the original content, Alan Tudyk (K-2SO) is indeed joining the Cassian Andor live-action series, while Stephen Schiff (The Americans) was confirmed as the showrunner. It goes into production this year and will premiere in 2021.

There wasn’t much about The Mandalorian – they’re presumably saving all that for the panel here at Celebration on Sunday – but it will be up on the service at launch.

Though we did get a look at a prop here – there’s a speeder bike from the show on display in front of the StarWars.com stage:

As for the price, you can also buy an annual plan for $69.99, which comes out to $5.83 per month. For more details, head to Variety.

Werner Herzog’s part in The Mandalorian is “small” and (probably) “a real villain”

Werner Herzog has much more important things going on that his “real small” Star Wars role – he’s actually promoting his documentary Meeting Gorbachev – but he does drop us a big hint about his character in the upcoming TV show The Mandalorian.

Now this is not a secret anymore, a small part, real small part, in “The Mandalorian,” the Star Wars sequel or whatever you call it. I like to do it because I know I’m good on screen, but only if I have to play a real villain.

So there you have it: Werner Herzog is likely playing a Star Wars villain, and he’s not particularly concerned with what place his project has in the franchise – as is his right, because he’s Werner Herzog and we’re all mostly still amused that he’s here at all.

The Mandalorian, which stars Pedro Pascal in the title role, will debut on the streaming service Disney+, probably later this year.

Jon Favreau is dropping Mandalorian hints again

Oh, Jon Favreau. So, is Taika Waititi voicing IG-88? All we know for sure is that he is a confirmed director for the series. We don’t even know if that’s actually IG-88, although we have seen it – or a similar droid – before.

Or… Is the helmet the actual hint here? I leave it to you, Mandofans.

The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV show, is expected later this year. It will be exclusive to the Disney+ streaming service.

Here’s how we’ll get into the big panels at Celebration Chicago

After the lines at Celebration Orlando proved more than a little traumatic, Reed has introduced a whole new system for getting into panels: A reservation and virtual queue called Lightspeed. It includes an advance lottery for the big panels that will be on the three big stages, with fans assigned to seating sections. It all sounds totally simple and I’m sure no one will be confused at all! The first lotteries open next Thursday, March 28… If you have your badge. (Apparently, they’re in the mail?)

But seriously, the line for the prayer circle for the livestream’s return starts here.

In other Celebration news… The Mandalorian panel with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will be Sunday, and there are merchandise exclusives.

Rumor: Could there be a third Star Wars TV show in the works?

Two Star Wars TV live-action shows have already been announced for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service: The Mandalorian (which apparently wrapped S1 filming around the same time as IX!) and a yet-untitled Cassian Andor show that will serve as a prequel to Rogue One. Today, Fantha Tracks reports evidence of a third show, which will film in the U.K. – unlike The Mandalorian, which filmed in southern California.

They say the show might be announced at April’s Celebration Chicago. That’s also about the time we expect our first look at The Mandalorian, given reports that Disney will be sharing a first look at Disney+ original content with investors on April 11 – which also happens to be the first day of the con, though panels aren’t expected to begin until the next day.

Another familiar droid coming to The Mandalorian?

→ Jon Favreau’s latest snap from The Mandalorian seems tailor-made to promote debate: Could it be R5-D4? (AKA Skippy the Jedi Droid!) Maybe! But who knows at this point? Certainly not us!

→ Making Star Wars’ latest reports detail one of the series’ settings and the title vharacter’s ship.

Variety takes a deep dive into Disney+, how it’s working behind the scenes and what it means for the company as a whole.

Black Panther’s Ludwig Göransson to write score for The Mandalorian

Ludwig Göransson will write the score for the upcoming Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian. His credits include Black Panther, Creed, Creed II, Venom, Fruitvale Station and he’s also worked with Donald Glover.

The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+, which is expected to launch late next year. The series is filming now.

“Words fail to express how surreal and humbling it feels to be invited into the Star Wars universe,” Göransson said. “I am deeply grateful to Jon Favreau and Disney for this opportunity and to John Williams for raising the bar so high with his iconic, intrepid scores — they will never be matched. In these next months I hope to honor the tradition of Star Wars’ musical landscape while propelling The Mandalorian into new and unchartered territory. And I will try to remember that there is no try.”