Contrary to the rumors that swirled when the series was first announced, The Mandalorian is not about Boba Fett. Everyone involved with The Mandalorian insists that the title character, played by Pedro Pascal, isn’t the Original Trilogy’s infamous Sarlacc Pit victim, so we’ll take them at their word. What the show is about, however, is an unnamed Mandalorian bounty hunter who operates in the seedy outer rim of the galaxy. Carl Weathers portrays Greef Carga, the head of a bounty hunting guild and an occasional ally of the Mandalorian, while Giancarlo Esposito plays a former Imperial Governor named Moff Gideon. Werner Herzog’s character is a crime boss, Taika Waititi voices droid IG-11, and Gina Carano plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper and current mercenary Cara Dune. They, too, will cross paths with the Mandalorian in their own unique ways.
Not much has been revealed about the actual plot of the series, but its timeframe does offer up some tantalizing possibilities about the bombshell spoiler that awaits. By taking place in between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order, The Mandalorian will show a side of the Star Wars universe with which fans aren’t familiar. Not only that, but the show is also primed to show how the First Order came to be. As show creator Jon Favreau previously told Entertainment Weekly, “What could happen in the 30 years between celebrating the defeat of the Empire and then the First Order? You come in on Episode VII, [the First Order are] not just starting out. So somehow, things weren’t necessarily managed as well as they could have been if [the galaxy] ended up in hot water again like that.”