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Disney's forthcoming streaming service won't launch until late 2019, but details surrounding one of its most highly anticipated TV series have emerged...Jon Favreau, who is set to write and exec produce an original, live-action scripted Star Wars TV series, revealed that his new show will be called 'The Mandalorian'...

"After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,"

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/3/...vreau-live-action-disney-show-the-mandalorian
 

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Filloni already explored the Mandalorians in the "Clone Wars" and "Rebels" in pretty good detail, they also have a long history with the Sith that goes back thousands of years, so there is plenty left to tell still. Granted this is not that timeline, but maybe the show feature some of that as it goes along...

Favreau actually voiced one of the main Mandalorian in "Clone Wars" the series.
 

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Industrial Light & Magic opens TV division just in time for Disney’s new Star Wars show
By Bryan Bishop, TheVerge.com - Nov. 7, 2018

Industrial Light & Magic, the company that invented modern cinematic visual effects with its work on the original Star Wars trilogy, is embracing television with a new division it is naming ILM TV. According to a press release, the new group’s focus will be on episodic and streaming television series, and it already has two projects lined up: the second season of Syfy’s Krypton, and Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

“We are seeing a real convergence in our creative approach used on films and in our immersive entertainment division ILMxLAB,” ILM head Rob Bredow said in a press release, “and now we’re proud to be able to offer these ILM innovations in a way that’s suitable for streaming and television work to creatives around the world.”

The television arm of ILM will be headquartered in the company’s new London studio, with a particular focus on the compressed production schedule and turnaround times that are required in television. Industrial Light & Magic isn’t entirely new to TV: the company received awards for its work on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles back in the 1990s, where it used digital effects techniques that have now become common in films and bigger-budgeted television productions.

The news shows just how big a part of the entertainment landscape television has become. Feature film work may be ILM’s bread and butter, but with television shows becoming increasingly more complex and expensive, moving into that space will allow the company to add an additional revenue stream to its business. It’s also timed perfectly for the pending arrival of Disney’s television streaming service. One of the main differentiators of that service is going to be original television programming based on Star Wars, Marvel, and the rest of Disney’s intellectual properties. ILM TV will allow Disney to address the visual effects needs of that kind of programming — using the same assets and techniques it pioneered in film — without ever stepping outside the fold of the company.

[URL="https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/7/1...ar-wars-marvel "]https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/7/1...ar-wars-marvel[/URL]

 

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Pedro Pascal to Lead ‘The Mandalorian’ Series

Pedro Pascal (formerly played Game of Thrones Oberyn Martell) has been tapped to star in the Star Wars TV series 'The Mandalorian' which is expected to premiere on the Disney streaming service, Disney+...Pascal’s name had previously been rumored for the role, but sources say he was one of many actors being considered...now, insiders tell Variety that he has been offered the role and negotiations are underway...

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/star-wars-pedro-pascal-mandalorian-series-1203023818/
 

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Star Wars series The Mandalorian casts Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito and Werner Herzog
By Anthony Breznican, EW.com - Dec. 12, 2018

Pedro Pascal has some company.

The lead of the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian will be joined in the outlaw wilds of the galaxy by Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul fame; Apollo Creed himself, Carl Weathers; and ominous German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who will also play a role.

The official cast rundown announced Wednesday by Lucasfilm also included Omid Abtahi of American Gods, Emily Swallow of Supernatural, and previously leaked costars Nick Nolte and Gina Carano.

Executive Producer Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) released a brief statement: “We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to.”

All we know about the series, which will be shown on the new streaming service Disney+, is that it takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and tracks the experiences of a man from the same warrior tribe as notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was last seen plunging into the hungry maw of the Sarlacc pit on Tatooine.

For now, the rest of The Mandalorian remains just as masked as its anti-hero.

https://ew.com/tv/2018/12/12/the-mandalorian-casting/
 

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Disney's Streaming Service (Finally!) Gets Launch Date, Price Details

earlier today Disney announced a launch date for its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+...Disney+ will become available to subscribers in the United States on Tuesday, Nov. 12th...the service will roll out globally over the next two years...pricing: $6.99 per month; $69.99 for an annual subscription...content will be ad-free...it's also “likely” the company will bundle all of its streaming services — including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ — for one price, adding that the bundled services would be available at a discount...

https://tvline.com/2019/04/11/disney-streaming-service-launch-date-price/
 

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Tons of new info. Article contains a lot of pictures if you want to view them, took them out to save all the scrolling.

The Mandalorian is described as Clint Eastwood in Star Wars

War’s over. He’s a peacetime Mandalorian.

So far, the story of this new Disney+ series has stumped Star Wars historians.

Now we’ve learned what life is like in a lawless part of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire as Star Wars Celebration in Chicago revealed the first details of The Mandalorian.
The first episode debuts when the Disney+ streaming service launches on Nov. 12.

“The Mandalorian is a mysterious, lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy,” said Game of Thrones and Narcos star Pedro Pascal, who plays the lead character.
“Some might say he has questionable moral character, in line with some of our best Westerns, and some good samurai [films.] And he’s a badass.”

He doesn’t seem to have an identity, similar to Clint Eastwood’s “Man With No Name” in so many of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns.

“He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” Pascal said.

Here are all the updates from the live presentation with executive producer Jon Favreau (Iron Man, the upcoming The Lion King) and the actor playing the masked man.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, executive producer Jon Favreau, and director Dave Filoni (of Rebels and The Clone Wars fame) kicked things off.

Kennedy began by describing Favreau first pitching the idea for the show. “It was instantaneous. We were so excited there was an opportunity to bring this to the screen,” Kennedy said. “I have a feeling that everybody in this room knows that this guy is a rock star” she added, pointing to Filoni, “What could be more exciting than Dave Filoni directing live action?”

She stepped back, and let Filoni and Favreau steer the conversation.

“Dave and I met each other up at the ranch … I was mixing Iron Man,” Favreau said. (That, of course, would be Skywalker Ranch.)

“I was working on The Clone Wars, Season 1,” Filoni said.

They swapped screenings, and were the first to watch each other’s projects. After that, Filoni recruited Favreau to voice the Mandalorian fighter Pre Vizla.
Favreau said he was struck by “the idea of that world after Return of the Jedi, and what would happen, and the type of characters that would survive, and what it was like before the New Republic took over. You have only the strong surviving, you have chaos taking over in the galaxy.”

“Yes, good chaos,” Filoni said.

Favreau says “scum and villainy” is a rich environment for a new Star Wars story.

Pascal joined the stage alongside castmates Gina Carano (Deadpool) and Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed from the Rocky films.)

“That’s what it’s like!” Pascal called out as new images of him holding a blaster and crouching around a corner hit the screen.

“He’s a gunfighter, and a bounty hunter,” Favreau said, goading him.

Pascal said his childhood was shaped by the Star Wars movies and would have gladly played anyone, “a bug …? A robot?” He was stunned to learn Favreau wanted him for the lead.

Boba Fett flew the iconic Slave 1, and Favreau says this new character pilots a gunship called The Razorcrest, which carries a fearsome load of artillery.

Cara Dune is the name of the character Carano plays. “When I got this job, I instantly was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I get to be a part of a whole other family,” she said.

Carano said she portrays an “ex-Rebel shock trooper,” who is “having some trouble reintegrating myself into society.”

Some thought she may have misspoken and meant “Imperial shock trooper,” but Filoni and Favreau tell EW that no, the Rebels had such soldiers, too — basically drop infantry, like paratroopers, that were among the toughest and most resilient.

When the war ends, veterans like Dune found herself adrift, looking for a new place to belong, and haunted by what she had witnessed and done, even in the name of a good cause.

Cara Dune is the name of the character Carano plays. “When I got this job, I instantly was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I get to be a part of a whole other family,” she said.

Carano said she portrays an “ex-Rebel shock trooper,” who is “having some trouble reintegrating myself into society.”

Some thought she may have misspoken and meant “Imperial shock trooper,” but Filoni and Favreau tell EW that no, the Rebels had such soldiers, too — basically drop infantry, like paratroopers, that were among the toughest and most resilient.

When the war ends, veterans like Dune found herself adrift, looking for a new place to belong, and haunted by what she had witnessed and done, even in the name of a good cause.

Then they screened some footage:

There’s beeping, a pair of boots on a frozen walkway. A tracker is leading The Mandalorian across a snowy wasteland. He enters a small shelter, a bar — silhouetted against the whiteout behind him, like a gunfighter walking through a pair of swinging doors. Some desperate-looking aliens regard him with worry.

Favreau says it takes place five years after Return of the Jedi. We see behind-the-scenes footage of starship, alien crowds, and Pascal’s character, “hunting down quarries.”

There’s an image of The Mandalorian on a Dewback alien, similar to his pose in The Star Wars Holiday Special, welding his forked blaster.

Favreau promises new planets, aliens, and starships as we see imagery of that, along with copious explosions.

“It will feel gritty, it will feel real,” Filoni says.

The main character looks similar to Boba Fett, but Lucasfilm has stated The Mandalorian is not the same person.

This story takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and tracks the experiences of a man from the same warrior tribe as notorious bounty hunter, who was last seen plunging into the hungry jaws of the Sarlacc pit on Tatooine.

Pascal will be joined in the cast by Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Omid Abtahi of American Gods; Emily Swallow of Supernatural; Nick Nolte in an unspecified role.
Even the stoic German filmmaker Werner Herzog will play a part.

The filmmakers revealed that they recruited 501st Stormtrooper Legion, a group of fans who create their own armored costumes, to participate as performers for battle scenes. Favreau and Filoni shared one photo with a group of the cosplayers on set.

The first episode is directed by Filoni, the creative force behind the animated The Clone Wars and Rebels. Other directors stepping behind the camera for episodes are Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Dope), actor-turned-director Bryce Dallas Howard (who made the short film Solemates), and Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi.

In addition to executive producing The Mandalorian, Favreau is also a writer, and the series showrunner is Karen Gilchrist, who executive produced The Jungle Book with him.

Another thing we know already is that Favreau is unleashing some heavy-duty, deep-dive nostalgia.

Throughout filming, he has tantalized followers on Instagram with images of characters who may be obscure to casual fans but are iconic to the hardcore ones.

“If you’ve been a fan for 40 years, there’s a lot in here for you,” Favreau told the crowd.

Among those he has teased are:
IG-88 — the imposing killer droid first glimpsed among the rogue’s gallery of bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.
It turns out the droid in The Mandalorian is not IG-88, but a similar robot. The one in the show is known as IG-11.

Favreau has previously posted an image from a recording session that suggests Waititi is the voice of IG-11.

R5-D4 — the red and white fail-droid from 1977’s original Star Wars, who fritzes out moments after Luke Skywalker and Uncle Owen buy it and C-3PO from the scavenger Jawas. (That allows them to choose R2-D2 instead, keeping the pair together for their mission.)

Willrow Hood — this character is famous because he’s so indistinct. He is played by a background extra running through the hall behind Lando Calrissian during the evacuation of Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, and although the actor is unknown and the character was nameless, he inspired endless jokes and speculation because the “futuristic” device he was carrying was actually an ice cream maker. In his hype for The Mandalorian, Favreau posted this:

What a scoop!
Finally, The Mandalorian has a callback to a truly arcane bit of Star Wars …
The Star Wars Holiday Special — This 1978 broadcast was actually Boba Fett’s first appearance in the galaxy, turning up in an animated short about a year and a half before The Empire Strikes Back.

Above is the weapon he carried in that short, and below is an image Favreau sent out from the set.

Even though The Mandalorian is not Boba Fett, it seems that old bounty hunter’s shadow looms over it.

https://ew.com/tv/2019/04/14/the-mandalorian-star-wars-celebration/
 

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not really related to The Mandalorian but I still found this interesting...

Disney+ Will Offer Hulu and ESPN+ Bundle at a Super Cheap Price

a standalone Disney+ subscription is already pretty cheap at $6.99 a month but Disney+ will also be bundled with Hulu (ad-supported version) and ESPN+ for the incredibly reasonable price of $12.99 per month...for comparison, Hulu costs $5.99 per month, and the ad-free version will set you back $11.99 a month while ESPN+ is $4.99 a month...the lowest Netflix tier currently costs $12.99, and prices have been steadily increasing for the last few years...Disney is undercutting everyone in terms of price...

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/6/20757626/disney-plus-espn-hulu-bundle-price-date-streaming-service
 

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not really related to The Mandalorian but I still found this interesting...

Disney+ Will Offer Hulu and ESPN+ Bundle at a Super Cheap Price

a standalone Disney+ subscription is already pretty cheap at $6.99 a month but Disney+ will also be bundled with Hulu (ad-supported version) and ESPN+ for the incredibly reasonable price of $12.99 per month...for comparison, Hulu costs $5.99 per month, and the ad-free version will set you back $11.99 a month while ESPN+ is $4.99 a month...the lowest Netflix tier currently costs $12.99, and prices have been steadily increasing for the last few years...Disney is undercutting everyone in terms of price...

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/6/20757626/disney-plus-espn-hulu-bundle-price-date-streaming-service
I'm in. I wouldn't mind ESPN+ during college football and basketball season (my home team is in a mid-major conference). I usually do a month or two of Hulu at about this time for Handmaid's Tale and a couple other shows. Hopefully they've indeed cut back on the number of commercials, as I've recently read. And I'll have a decent backlog of Marvel/Star Wars/Pixar movies that weren't worth paying $15/ea to watch in the theaters.
 

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This definitely won't be for me. I refuse to pay for any streaming service that Disney has in the grip of their evil mouse-mitts. Also, someone needs to break it to them that we have now passed "peak Star Wars."



Perhaps this will turn out like Radio Disney, another "brilliant" idea they had over 20 years ago. Before they started their master plan for world domination, buying out all their movie and TV competition.
 

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The Mandalorian to show 'darker, freakier' side of Star Wars

We know all about “the dark side and the light.”

But what about the freaky?

Jon Favreau says his Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian will explore a lesser-seen side of the galaxy far, far away.

“There’s a certain look that the Mandalorian lead character has, there’s a size that the spaceship is, there’s a scale that lines up with the original trilogy,” the showrunner told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview. “I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy [and] not just the first film, but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars.”

The first trailer for The Mandalorian is expected this weekend out of the D23 fan expo in Anaheim.

The Lion King director added that he was attracted to the project because “there’s an opportunity to tell a story that’s bigger than television, but you don’t have the same expectations that a big holiday release has, which to me isn’t that type of Star Wars that comes out of me. The type of Star Wars that I’m inspired to tell is a smaller thing with new characters.”

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos) and takes place a few years “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.”

There will be eight episodes in the debut season, which will premiere Nov. 12 on Disney’s new streaming service.

https://ew.com/tv/2019/08/21/the-mandalorian-darker-freakier-star-wars/
 

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Ming-Na Wen joins The Mandalorian cast


The Mandalorian is adding another castmember with a Disney past.


Ming-Na Wen has joined the eagerly anticipated Star Wars live-action series.


Disney CEO Bob Iger let slip the casting during remarks at the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday.


The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress was honored as a Disney Legend at the Expo for her voicing the lead in Mulan.

“I was so excited when [Disney chairman Bob Iger] announced it, because I’ve been waiting to talk about it,” Wen said to Syfy Wire. “You don’t understand — that is a Star Wars geek girl’s dream come true.”


No details have yet been revealed about Wen’s role. “I certainly don’t play a farmer!” she added.


The news comes as Disney+ prepares to reveal The Mandalorian trailer later this afternoon.


The drama series from Jon Favreau (The Lion King) stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as a lone gunfighter in the Outer Rim and takes place three years after the events in Return of the Jedi (so after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but before the rise of the First Order).


https://ew.com/tv/2019/08/23/ming-na-wen-the-mandalorian-cast/
 

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'The Mandalorian' reveals an epic poster


There’s a new poster for The Mandalorian.
The romantic-looking image tweeted by Star Wars shows The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) against a sunset on a desert planet, his ship in the background:



That two-pronged gun by the way is an “Amban phase-pulse blaster” that was first seen in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Here’s a closer look:

Disney is also set to unveil the first trailer for this new series at the D23 Expo on Friday as part of a Disney+ showcase.

The drama series from Jon Favreau (The Lion King) stars Pascal (Game of Thrones) as a lone gunfighter in the Outer Rim and takes place three years after the events in Return of the Jedi (so after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but before the rise of the First Order).

Also starring the series is Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Gina Carano (Deadpool), Nick Nolte (Cape Fear), Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Emily Swallow (The Mentalist).

Directors lined up for the first season of The Mandalorian include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) tackling the first episode and then Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) helming subsequent episodes. The debut season costs a reported $100 million to make and consists of eight episodes.

The price for the service starts at $6.99 a month (a shot across the bow at streaming leader Netflix). The Mandalorian will be released on Disney+ on Nov. 12.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment...XR8D2tKvaL6J_Rd4nZz1zZa3S-ReJdZllQDP13Aw7W4ng
 

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Brief interview with Favreau regarding The Mandalorian from the D23 expo at about the 2:15 mark.


 

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WHY AM I JUST NOW HEARING OF THIS??? :eek:

Man, I've been out of the loop for far too long! This looks like it will have some serious potential with Favreau on board. :D
 
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