I thought I’d start a general Star Wars thread, as there has been so much new info coming out of Star Wars Celebration this weekend. We had the new trailer for Episode IX, a trailer for Jedi: Fallen Order (which has another thread), and a bunch of info for The Mandalorian.
I’ll start with Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Here’s the trailer:
I’ve got mixed feelings about this, as I’ve had about the whole sequel trilogy (ST). I really love the cast, they have all been phenomenal. But I feel like so far both the direction and world building have been lacking. I liked where Rian Johnson was trying to take things but, like many others, this trailer has me convinced that JJ is going to throw all that away.
The Mandalorian seems more interesting. Here is an io9 article about it, and here is the panel. Unfortunately the trailer hasn’t been officially released (you can see some phone captures of it on twitter):
It debuts on Nov. 12 on the new Disney streaming service. It’s about a group of Bounty Hunters during the chaotic period post-ROTJ (about 5 years after). The titular Mandalorian is played by Pedro Pascal, who seems super excited about his role. Gina Carano plays one of his companions, a bad-ass looking former Rebel-shocktrooper called Cara Dune. Carl Weathers plays Greef Marga, the ring leader who hires the other two for the job. Warner Herzog appears to be the main baddie, and in the trailer gives a speech that was probably written by Steven Pinker:
The Empire improves every system it touches. Judging by any metric: safety, prosperity, compare Imperial rule to what’s going on now…
Cosplayers from the 501st play the Stormtroopers (I hope they are getting paid!). It’s being described as very much a space western, with the Mandalorian being a Clint Eastwood Man With No Name type. I like the casting and it’s definitely got me interested!
What do y’all think of the state of the Star War?