The Mandalorian is the first ever live action Star Wars TV show, which will aim to capture Disney a slice of the premium small screen content pie which has proven to be so lucrative over the past few years.
While not a huge amount of information is known about this television expedition into the series set a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the information we do have points to something pretty exciting that could give Game of Thrones, Westworld or the upcoming Lord of the Rings series a run for their money.
With a rumoured budget of $10 million per episode (yes, you are reading that correctly) Disney are really going all in. Either way, we’re going to be in for a treat.
When is Star Wars: The Mandalorian coming out?
Great question. That we don’t know exactly, but what we do know is that Disney is planning to launch the show on their long-planned streaming platform, affectionately nicknamed ‘DisneyFlix’. That's not expected until late 2019, so don't expect this Star Wars show until at least then, if not later.
How many episodes will there be?
There are expected to be ten episodes in the first season - with that rumoured $10 million budget adding up to a whopping total of $100 million.
Is there a trailer?
Nope, not yet. Production only kicked off in October 2018, so it'll be a good few months before we get a look at any footage.
We have at least had a look at who we assume is the title character, in this official first photo from The Mandalorian:
Cast and crew
So far there haven't been any cast announcements, though with production under way it's only a matter of time before we begin to hear who's involved.
Jon Favreau, who's a dab hand at both producing and directing and brought us Iron Man and The Jungle Book, is the showrunner and writer for the series, though we don't know yet just how hands-on he'll be when it comes to directing it.
He certainly won't be directing every episode, as Lucasfilm has announced a few of the other directors who'll be stepping in. The premiere will be directed by Dave Filoni, making his live action debut after years on the animated side of the Star Wars universe, in charge of series including Clone Wars, Rebels, and the newest animated series, Resistance.
He won't be alone though: other episode directors include TV veteran Deborah Chow (of multiple shows including Jessica Jones and Better Call Saul), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), actor Bryce Dallas Howard (making her directorial debut, other than a few short films) and none other than Taika Waititi (who brought us the bonkers and brilliant Thor: Ragnarok).
What will The Mandalorian be about?
After a lengthy period of radio silence and persistent rumours, Favreau finally announced the show's name and synopsis in October 2018 - and conveniently, it matches up pretty nicely to what we'd heard already.
The show is said to take place seven years after Return of the Jedi, so the characters from the original trilogy will be in their prime - though with the issues around casting we'd be surprised if any of them crop up in person, with the possible exception of the likes of the droids and Chewbacca.
In case you don't recognise the name, 'The Mandalorian' refers to the planet Mandalore, original home of the bounty hunter Jango Fett and his clone/son Boba Fett. In the Star Wars canon the Mandalorians are a pretty militaristic race whose soldiers wear the Fetts' iconic armour, so expect the show to be influenced by Boba's popularity.
Funnily enough, Favreau already has a connection to Mandalore: he voiced a Mandalorian called Pre Viszla in the cartoon The Clone Wars, a rebel who tried to overthrow the planet's government. That character died during the show though, so don't expect a return, though since a few Mandalorians have popped up between The Clone Wars and Rebels, we wouldn't be surprised to see some sort of cartoon cameo at least.
Rumoured to be set on Mandalore, which only the most informed of Star Wars fans will be able to talk about without some swift googling, this planet is the homeworld of the Mandalorians who are described as a ‘fearsome and warmongering people’ - most famously represented by the bounty hunter Jango Fett and his more famous clone/son Boba.
This particular planet has only seen mentions in the films, but has actually appeared in other Star Wars media including the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
Given that the show will be on Disney's streaming platform, we're going to assume that it might be a little more child-friendly than other large budget shows such as Game of Thrones, Westworld etc. There are those of us that hold out hope for a darker, more mature and gritty adaptation of Star Wars as we've never really had that before, but we'll wait and see what happens.