The Mandalorian: All about the Star Wars series

Already available on Disney+, the first season of The Mandalorian will be visible in France at the end of March 2020. The second season will be released in October 2020.

The release of The Mandalorian‘s first season in France is now just a matter of weeks away. Disney+, Disney’s subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, will open in France on March 31. The first season, with eight episodes, will then be available. As for the second one, it will come out a few months later: it is scheduled for October.

The story of the series

The story of the Mandalorian takes place between Episodes VI and VII of Star Wars, before the emergence of the First Order – the military organization that rose from the ashes of the Empire and stands in opposition to the heroes of the third trilogy. The series follows the story of a mercenary who is a member of the mandalorian clan. Rather solitary, he will be able to count on his allies to face the remnants of imperial domination and ensure the protection of a mysterious target…

The characteristic armour of a Mandalorian // Source : Lucasfilm

The Mandalorian?

The name of the series was unveiled on October 4, 2018 by a publication on Instagram, on behalf of Jon Favreau. Among Star Wars fans, this name has a certain thickness: the “Mandalorian” refers to an ancient warrior clan that can be easily identified by their characteristic helmet shape – including a dark T-shaped visor.

Two of them are particularly famous in Star Wars: Boba Fett and Jango Fett, who appear a few times in several of the films in the saga. To be Mandalorian, as we explain in more detail in a dedicated topic, is to belong by birth or to adhere by deeds to a culture originating from a very old planet – Mandalore -, and to embrace a life of nomadism and mercenarism.

  • To read: The series features (attention spoiler) major elements of the mandalorian culture.

Un extrait de la série. Belle ambiance ! // Source : Disney+

An excerpt from the series. Nice atmosphere! // Source: Disney+

Who’s casting?

The details of the cast were given on December 12, 2018: the Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal takes over the lead role.

Pedro Pascal made his breakthrough with the general public by playing Oberyn Martell in the Game of Thrones series. Since then, his career has been more widely deployed on the big screen as in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Equalizer 2. He has also played a number of prominent roles on television, most notably in Narcos, a series produced and broadcast by Netflix.

Pedro Pascal. // Source : Gage Skidmore

Pedro Pascal // Source: Gage Skidmore

At his side, Lucasfilm has retained Gina Carano, seen on the big screen with Fast and Furious 6 and Deadpool, Giancarlo Esposito, known for Usual Suspects but also and above all for his remarkable performance as Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad, and Emily Swallow, who was seen in the TV series The Mentalist and Supernatural. We’ll note in passing that Pedro Pascal also played in The Mentalist…

Four other names were also revealed by Lucasfilm: Carl Weathers, a figure from the 80s with his notable appearances in Rocky – Apollo Creed! – and Predator, Omid Abtahi, who can be seen in American Gods and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Werner Herzog, who is above all a filmmaker (we owe him Aguirre, the Wrath of God), and Nick Nolte, who starred in Affliction and The Red Line.

Carl Weathers incarne Greef Karga, un chef d’une guilde de chasseurs de primes. // Source : Lucasfilm

Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga, a leader of a guild of bounty hunters. // Source: Lucasfilm

Gina Carano est Kara Dune, une ex-militaire d’élite. // Source : Lucasfilm

Gina Carano is Kara Dune, an elite ex-military // Source: Lucasfilm

Release date in France

The series is available as of November 12, 2019 for the United States the United Kingdom the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the exclusivities of Disney+, in order to have a strong argument against the other SVOD platforms (this is not the only asset in the Disney+ sleeve, far from it). For France, you will have to wait until March 31, 2020 to see the series.

It is indeed at this date that the platform will conquer the other countries of Western Europe. Needless to say, this calendar shift has resulted in millions of Internet users rushing to download illegally, especially on BitTorrent, too eager to discover the adventures of the mercenary.

In addition, schemes exist to circumvent the filtering process, but the legality of the process is far from guaranteed.

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Teasers, trailers and other overviews

At the Star Wars Celebration held in Chicago on April 11-15, 2019, a first-ever teaser of the series was aired for the audience on site. Unfortunately, the video has not been posted on the official Star Wars YouTube account. No doubt it was to give a certain exclusivity to those who came and paid an entrance ticket.

It wasn’t until August 24, 2019 and the D23 conference in the United States that fans who were unable to attend the Star Wars Celebration finally saw the first-ever trailer for the television series. Since then, the marketing machine has accelerated, with several more teasers and other exclusive previews to entice viewers and convince them to take a subscription.

A second season in October

The production was given significant resources to shoot the eight episodes of the first season: Disney is said to have invested close to $100 million for this first draft.

A second season was confirmed in July 2019, and in December of the same year it was revealed that it would be released in the fall. We now know that it will be available in October 2020. The Number of episodes and the budget it will receive have not been specified.

(Updated February 5 with details on the Release Date of the second season)

Article originally published October 4, 2018

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