The series is helmed by Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Disney’s live-action remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King. Pedro Pascal heads up the star-studded cast, which also includes Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni – who’s made the jump from animation to live-action to direct an episode of The Mandalorian – joined Jon Favreau on stage to introduce the show for the first time. Pascal, Carano and Weathers also made the trip to snowy Chicago to introduce their characters. As part of the panel, a three-and-a-half minute behind-the-scenes reel aired exclusively to convention attendees.
The Mandalorian is one of three Star Wars properties that will see tie-in merchandise releasing on Triple Force Friday, alongside Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. LEGO fans can hopefully expect to see at least one accompanying set on October 4. While nothing has been confirmed yet, the Mandalorian’s ship, the Razorcrest, seems a likely candidate.
The 10-episode order of the first series is set to arrive on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, when it launches in the US on November 12. It’s then set to roll out in Western Europe in late 2019 through early 2020, Asia-Pacific territories between autumn 2019 and autumn 2020, and Latin America by autumn 2020.
There’s one more major panel yet to come at Star Wars Celebration, for season 7 of The Clone Wars. That kicks off at 4:30 PM ET / 9:30 PM BST, so if you can’t tune into the livestream, make sure to check back with Brick Fanatics for all the highlights from that panel. And, if we’re lucky, a trailer that won’t be exclusive to attendees.