"The Mandalorian" Star Wars TV show — Release date, cast and everything we know so far

The Mandalorian: Star Wars

Star Wars' first live-action TV show is set to hit screens later this year, here's everything we know about Jon Favreau's new series

Since Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars, we've had everything from huge tentpole movies and excellent animated TV shows to some so-so video games and a cool new theme park attraction.

The one medium that the Star Wars franchise is yet to conquer is live-action TV. 

That could all be about to change however, with the release of Star Wars' first live-action TV series, The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett, 1983

The show looks set to usher in a new age of Star Wars TV for Disney+, the house of mouse's new streaming service. And it'll be packing a huge punch as the 10-episode first season is rumoured to have a budget of $100 million.

When Disney+ launches later this year, The Mandalorian will be one of the first exclusive programmes on the service and everything we've heard about it so far has got us very excited.

The Mandalorian will be set several years after the events of Return of the Jedi, after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, so don't go in expecting to see hordes of Stormtroopers. 

Star Wars: A New Hope, Stormtroopers, 1977

The show will focus on a lone gunfighter who's made the outer rim of the galaxy his home, far from the reaches of the New Republic.

Other than the general premise, little is known about the plot of the new show. 

What we do know, is that the show will be run, written and produced by Jon Favreau. He'll be joined in his producing duties by Star Wars' TV aficionado Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy

Filoni is rumoured to be directing the first episode of the new show with additional directors Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow working on episodes throughout the rest of the series.

On the subject of Taika Waititi, Jon Favreau released this image yesterday (March 21) of the director doing some voice work for the famous bounty hunter droid, IG-88.

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As well as Waititi's unexpected casting as IG-88, The Mandalorian has a very impressive cast. Pedro Pascal, of Game of Thrones fame, is set to play the titular space-gunslinger and will be joined by Gina Carano and Nick Nolte in starring roles as well as a varied plethora of other actors whose roles we'll learn more about in time. 

We also found out this week that The Mandalorian will be getting its very own panel at this year's Star Wars celebration on April 14. We can be sure that more details about the show and possibly a trailer will be released then. 

As soon as we learn more about the show, you can be sure to find out about it here.

Confirmed Cast

The Mandalorian - Pedro Pascal

IG-88 - Taika Waititi 

Unknown roles:

Gina Carano 

Nick Nolte

Giancarlo Esposito 

Carl Weathers

Emily Swallow

Omid Abtahi

Werner Herzog

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Showrunner: Jon Favreau

Directors:  Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow

Writers: Jon Favreau

Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Favreau, Colin Wilson, Karen Gilchrist

Release Details

Where to watch: Disney+

When to watch: Late 2019

Synopsis: The Mandalorian is set three years after the events of Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Empire. The show will tell the story of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy; far, far away from the jurisdiction of the New Republic.


No trailers have been released for The Mandalorian so far but you can be sure to watch them here when we finally do get something. 

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