The Mandalorian will be Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars streaming series to appear on Disney+ — the direct-to-consumer coming from Disney later this year. We have a few recent announcements about the show along with a couple rumors that we think are worth passing along.

The Mandalorian features Pedro Pascal as the title character. The series is set in the time after the fall of the Empire, but before the emergence of The First Order. The title character is positioned as a lone gunfighter who lives in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Show Runner, writer, and executive producer Jon Favreau has posted another tantalizing glimpse of the production on his Instagram account.

 

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Who is that? It’s it R5-D4? The droid that sets all of “A New Hope” in motion after disappointing Luke by blowing its top after being sold by the Jawas to the Skywalker moisture farm with a bad motivator. If R5 had been able to stay cool, we would not have had any of the Star Wars stories we now know and love and the Empire would probably have won.

We don’t know what R5 is doing on The Mandelorian. But there’s a lot of debate in the fan community. Perhaps this tells us part of the story takes place on the desert planet of Tattooine.

We do know that R5 will have some groovy tunes to move around to as Ludwig Göransson has been hired to write the score for The Mandalorian. Göransson recently composed the soundtrack for Marvel Studios’ Oscar Nominated film Black Panther and has received three Grammy nominations for his work with Donald Glover on the latest Childish Gambino album. Glover also played the younger Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

We expect to get a release date and the first trailer for The Mandalorian soon. At the latest, we will probably get the trailer and a lot more details at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, IL April 11-15. Are you planning on attending? Let us know in the comments or via email.