Disney+'s Star Wars Show The Mandalorian Will Launch On Day One
Disney+ launches on November 12.
When it comes to launching its streaming service, The Walt Disney Company isn't playing around. During its Investor Day 2019 webcast, the company revealed its first look at the Disney+ service and many of the movies, TV shows, and original programs that will be available at launch. And that's good news for you Star Wars fans.
The Mandalorian, the upcoming series from showrunner Jon Favreau, will be available on Disney+ at launch. According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, filming on the first season of the series has wrapped and Favreau is hard at work finishing the project. "We're trying to make it look like Star Wars," he joked. "A lot of visual effects, a lot of editing."
The first season will consist of eight episodes and Favreau believes it will serve as a good entry point to those that might not be die-hard Star Wars fans. "Since we're starting with new characters in a new time period, it's a great way to bring new fans in," he said.
Still, longtime fans should find plenty to love in The Mandalorian, including some old school techniques that have become a hallmark of the franchise. "Star Wars demands a certain nod and look back to history with audio-animatronics and puppets," he teased.
Among those who stepped in to direct episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian are Star Wars: The Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, and Bryce Dallas Howard. An official description for the series reads, "After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."
A clip shown to those in attendance at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter, included new planets, new aliens species, and new starships, as well as a glimpse at a character that may very well be the titular Mandalorian.
Along with The Mandalorian, the first two trilogies of Star Wars films will be available to stream, as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They will be joined by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: Episode IX in the first year.
During Disney's Investor Days presentation, a slate of Marvel Studios shows were also revealed, including Falcon & Winter Soldier, which sees the two Avengers on a standalone adventure set in the MCU. Additionally, Disney+ will allows subscribers to download shows and movies to watch offline.
Disney+ launches on November 12 with a subscription price of $6.99 a month, or 69.99 for a year.