At Star Wars Celebration this year, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni released a first look at the first live-action Star Wars series, ever. Yet, they only released The Mandalorian trailer to the audience in the room. Now, with D23 in full swing, the official preview finally hit YouTube. Thanks to fans who didn’t care about Favreau’s request to not film the preview, grainy footage hit the internet almost immediately. It was enough to get a sense that you wanted to see more. Or, at least, see The Mandalorian trailer in HD. Well, while the footage we got from D23 is not the same, it does give us a proper look at the Star Wars “western” fans have wanted since Han shot first.
What The Mandalorian Trailer Tells Us About the Show
Like most teaser trailers, this doesn’t tell us much. Below we’ll go into what the Celebration footage revealed, which could technically be considered a spoiler. For now, let’s look at what’s in The Mandalorian trailer for fans who didn’t search recent uploads on YouTube in the hours after that Celebration panel. The trailer, via a brief glimpse of Werner Herzog’s mysterious character, establishes that the titular Mandalorian is a bounty hunter. We also get a glimpse of IG-11, voiced by Taika Watiti, proving that all battle droids aren’t bungling dolts. Roger, roger?
Set about five years after Return of the Jedi, we see that some remnants of the Empire are still active. We get a glimpse of Giancarlo Esposito’s unnamed Imperial leader. He and a squad of Death Troopers, established in Rogue One, pointing their weapons at some poor son of a Hutt. We also get a glimpse of Gina Carano as Cara Dune, a former Rebel trooper who teams up with the Mando. We also see Carl Weathers, getting a stew going as Greef Carga a kind of bounty hunter leader.
Otherwise, all we really see are flashes of imagery, and violent imagery at that. The Mandalorian trailer opens with bloody Stormtrooper helmets on wooden spikes. (That armor is such garbage.) We also see the Mandalorian shooting up a roomful of bad guys, seemingly bisecting one with the space door. This Star War is not for the children. Along with sublime violence, we see incredible cinematic landscapes. At a budget of about $15 million per episodes, what we see in the trailer looks worthy of the big screen.
The Stuff We Saw In the Leaked Footage
It’s up for debate whether or not releasing the Star War Celebration footage online was a mistake. There’s something special about seeing an illicitly filmed sneak peek of something great. It builds hype in a different way than an official release would. What Favreau and company showed at the Star Wars convention offered a much more comprehensive look at the series. First, they showed the full scene with Werner Herzog. He contracts the Mandalorian to find a mysterious bounty. All he knows is the mark’s age and last known location. (My guess is Werner Herzog’s character is looking for Giancarlo Esposito’s character, but maybe not.) As payment he offers a whole lot of “beskar,” a rare metal used to make the near-indestructible Mandalorian armor worn by the likes of Jango and Boba Fett, along with the main character.
Other things we saw were better glimpses of Carga, Dune, and other bounty hunter characters. In the Mandalorian trailer, it looks like IG-11 and the Mando himself team up. There does seem to be another bounty hunter squad working against our heroes. The pink twilek from the group is seen in the official teaser, but we see her group a little better. Along with a masked, sleek looking character, a bald and mustachioed Bill Burr leads this group. We also see what looks like trio of scary, badass jawas. Finally, the leaked footage reveals that the Death Troopers open fire on a Tattooine-like building. Their assault gets followed up by a flame trooper. It’s a safe bet that they are after the Mandalorian and friends, and that the scene of IG-11 messing up stormtroopers is from this same battle. Though, it all depends on how long the characters use that desert planet set.
The Mandalorian Trailer Is a Good First Taste, But Fans Will Need More
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Since getting back into the business of making Star Wars movies, Lucasfilm keeps a notoriously tight lid on marketing. They seem to believe that the less they show in the trailers, the more people will want to see the product. Yet, anyone who is already interested in a Star Wars show already awaits the first days of sign-up. If they hope to draw in casual fans or people who might like a grittier, more violent Star Wars, they need to show off more. It’s an easy concept to sell. Space bounty hunter fights other space bounty hunters and space fascists. Yet, Star Wars is such an expansive brand, The Mandalorian needs to establish itself as something wholly different.
The new show looks amazing and offers a chance for a whole new chapter of Star Wars stories. As the brand moves away from the Skywalker family drama. For a long time, fans of the Expanded Universe thought Lucasfilm should look to that material for their live-action projects. The Mandalorian feels like an old-school EU story brought to life.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.