Ahead of the long-awaited Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian finally debuting a trailer later this week, producer and showrunner Jon Favreau has revealed a few tantalizing details. Favreau, who also directed The Lion King, starred in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and has his own cooking show on Netflix, hinted that the show will take inspiration from Mad Max in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
Favreau explained that The Mandalorian is built "on the shoulders" of what George Lucas achieved with the franchise, and more than anything he's attempted to recreate that distinctive atmosphere of the very first Star Wars. "If you notice, 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," he teased. "I'm trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film. 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 show is currently scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on Nov. 12, and will star Pedro Pascal as the titular character alongside Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Bill Burr, and Werner Herzog. Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Dave Filoni are among those who directed episodes in the first season.
Disney is expected to debut a trailer on Aug. 23 at the D23 conference.