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The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights

Sunday, April 14, 2019
The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel
(The new poster reveal! A hard copy was given to everyone in the audience.)

The Mandalorian panel was a huge highlight at Star Wars Celebration. A teaser trailer, behind the scenes footage as well as a scene from the series was shown to those who attended. Unfortunately everyone watching the live stream weren't able to see any of the clips so I haven't seen anything or read any reviews about it though I'm sure that will be circling the web soon enough. However the panel itself was very informative and there were some incredible never before seen photos revealed. My excitement for the first live action Star Wars TV show is uncontrollable and I can't wait to watch the first episode November 12th on Disney+!


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Jon Favreau pitched the idea of The Mandalorian and it was instantaneous and we were so excited for this opportunity to bring it to the screen. - Kathleen Kennedy

The President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, herself was wearing the new Mandalorian t-shirt available at the Celebration Store and spoke with exuberant passion over the show which takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. She proudly introduced Jon Favreau (Creator, Writer and Executive Producer) and Dave Filoni (Director of the first episode) and before she left the stage she gave a huge nod to Dave Filoni, "I think everyone knows that this guy is a rock star! What can be more exciting than Dave Filoni directing live action?" I myself am huge fan of Dave's work and I'm anxious to see the magic he is going to bring to the first episode!


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

Both Jon and Dave explained that they looked at everything from the original films to the prequels and from the cartoons to legends in creating The Mandalorian. To me this shows great respect and admiration for the fans. We've already seen some amazing things on Jon Favreau's Instagram page and I can't even begin to imagine what else they have in store for us! I would also like to add that Dave might be credited only for directing the first episode but he seems to be just as involved as Jon with The Mandalorian and even contributed some writing for the show.


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Mandalorian is a mysterious lone gun fighter in the outer regions of the galaxy. Some might say he has questionable moral character. - Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal's description of the Mandalorian instantly reminded me of Saw Gerrera. He sounds intense, possibly ruthless. My hopes for this character is that he is a complete bad a**. I want to see a Mandalorian like we've never seen before! I want all of our Boba Fett dreams to come true in this character.


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

My characters name is Cara Dune and she is an ex Rebel Shock Trooper. - Gina Carano

We were introduced to a new character one which I am very intrigued by. When Gina explained that her character used to be a Rebel Shock Trooper my eyes widened with excitement! You all know how I love my Troopers! Jon Favreau explained later in the panel that Gina's stunt double might not have been having the most fun because Gina did a lot of her own stunts. I hope this means we get to see the character of Cara Dune in a lot of action.


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

My characters name is Greef Carga (sp?) and he is a guy who is running this group of bounty hunters. He is kind of the head of this guild of bounty hunters. He is looking for someone to go after a product that he wants to bring to to a client that is worth a lot and is very valuable. He finds a bounty hunter named Mandalorian. The mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done. He hires him and the Mando does what needs to be done. - Carl Weathers

Another new character named Greef Carga played by Carl Weathers was revealed. From what was shared he seems to be an "in charge" kind of guy who the Bounty Hunters report to. I'm really curious to see how his character's relationship will be like with the Bounty Hunters and what sort of involvement he will have with the Mandalorian. Will they end up working closely together?


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

Both John and Dave talked about how there is a scene in the film where several Stormtroopers were needed. They called the 501st and the fans who showed up on set had absolutely no idea why they were there until they began filming. I truly love that the fans got to be involved with this project. The actors spoke very highly of their attitudes and character performances.


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

The name of the ship is the Razorcrest that the Mandalorian flies around in. - Jon Favreau

We got an incredible look at the new ship in The Mandalorian and some video footage of how they created a miniature version of it to get some mind blowing shots for the show much like George Lucas did for the original trilogy. I really like the design and hope to see it in some epic battles!


The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights | Anakin and His Angel

I don't think I would have ever considered doing live action without his (George Lucas) teachings and guidance. He really got me interested in it and so when he came by that was a real thrill for me personally. - Dave Filoni

Both Dave and Jon shared stories of when George Lucas visited the set and laughed about how Dave would occasionally correct George on his knowledge of Star Wars. Jon also said that when Dave wasn't present George Lucas expressed how proud of Dave he was. I found this especially heartwarming considering how closely George and Dave worked together on The Clone Wars.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for The Mandalorian? What information from this panel are you the most intrigued by? Let me know in a comment below!

6 comments on "The Mandalorian: Star Wars Celebration Chicago Panel Highlights"
  1. I didn't know Gina Carano was supposed to be in this. How cool.

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    1. I didn't know who she was before watching the panel but she was so delightful and I can't wait to see her in this show! Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Watching the live stream from the UK, I'd say I'm at a solid 7/10. The images look great and I loved Pedro comparing his role to Clint Eastwood. I think if we'd been able to see the footage shown in the panel though, I'd be much more excited

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    1. Nice rating! And wow, did he say that? I totally missed that part. And FYI, there is footage on YouTube though I don't know long it will be available to watch.

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  3. November is gonna be a jam packed month. Can't wait for 11/12/19. It would be cool if The Mandolorian & Boba Fett had crossed paths during the Original Trilogy era!

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    1. I never even thought of the Mandalorian and Boba crossing paths. I like that idea!

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