The Mandalorian: Jon Favreau and Pedro Pascal present Star Wars series

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Writer and executive producer Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and star Pedro Pascal (Narcos) shared details about the upcoming Disney+ streaming series The Mandalorian at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this weekend.

Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, introduced Favreau and Dave Filoni to the impassioned, sold-out crowd as the presentation started. Filoni, known for animated Star Wars projects like The Close Wars and Rebels, is directing the first episode of The Mandalorian and executive producing the series alongside Favreau, Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.

Favreau and Filoni shared a genuine affection and appreciation for one another’s talent as they discussed The Mandalorian‘s unique time and setting. The series takes place five years after the death of Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi.

Then Favreau and Filoni shared footage from the series with the crowd in attendance. The two videos weren’t included in the live-stream feed, however, both were recorded and shared online after the panel.

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The first video is a trailer that shows the Mandalorian fighting stormtroopers and emerging victorious. It also establishes the galaxy as lawless and violent.

The second video is a brief look behind-the-scenes. It begins with the Mandalorian following a tracking device that brings him to a bar. Then Favreau, Filoni, Pedro Pascal, and others discuss the series. Favreau describes the title character as, ” a gunfighter, a bounty hunter, a citizen of the underworld on the outer reaches of the galaxy.”

Following the videos, Pedro Pascal was introduced and given a standing ovation by the audience. Pascal, who grew up with Star Wars, was thrilled to be part of the series. He called the show “fantasy fulfillment.” Of his character, he explained,

"The Mandorlian is a mysterious lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Some would say he has low moral character…he’s. badass."

The series will combine the Western and sci-fi genres. The title refers to the title character’s background as a citizen of the planet Mandalore, which is where beloved Star Wars bounty hunters Boba and Jango Fett are from.

Pascal revealed that Favreau told him to watch the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone for inspiration for his role. As a result, Pascal said the Mandalorian has “a lot of Clint Eastwood in him.”

Co-stars Gina Carano (Deadpool) and Carl Weathers (Predator) also made an appearance to discuss the project. Of her character, Carano said,

"She’s an ex-rebel shock trooper…not what you were reading online. I’ve never been a part of anything so secret. I’m a bit of a loner, not a stretch, and having a little trouble reintegrating myself into society."

Weathers was greeted with chants of “Apollo! Apollo!,” a reference to his role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky films. He said his character was a leader of a bounty hunters’ guild who hires Pascal’s mercenary to acquire a valuable item for him.

Both Carano and Weathers were struck by the fans’ ecstatic reaction to the series and were excited to be a part of something they believed was special.

The Mandalorian’s personal spacecraft, the Razor’s Crest was also discussed. Favreau described it as “a reflective silver old army gunship.”

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In addition to Pascal, Carano, and Weathers, The Mandalorian will also star Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad),  Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Warrior). Several directors have already been lined up for early episodes including Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Watiti (Thor: Ragnarok).

The Mandalorian will premiere on November 12, the day Disney+ launches.

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(Source: Deadline)