The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper
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he Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper, also known as Star Wars: The Mandalorian, is an American space Western television series created by Jon Favreau and released on Disney+. It is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, it follows the title character, a Mandalorian bounty hunter named Din Djarin, and his exploits beyond the reaches of the New Republic. Favreau also serves as head writer and showrunner, as well as executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.
The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper premiered with the launch of Disney+ on November 12, 2019, with the first season running for eight episodes until December 27, 2019. The series has received positive reviews from critics, earning praise for its acting, directing, writing, musical score, and visual effects, although it received some criticism for its pacing. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, along with winning seven Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, from 14 nominations.
Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983) and the fall of the Empire, The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper follows Din Djarin, a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. In the second season, Djarin and “The Child” continue on their quest from the end of the first season, as they are pursued by Moff Gideon.
Cast and characters
- Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin / The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper, a lone gunfighter and bounty hunter who is sometimes referred to as “Mando” (a generic term used to refer to all Mandalorians, a clan of skilled warriors). He is a “foundling” who was rescued at a young age by Mandalorians during the Clone Wars. Pascal has described his character as Clint Eastwood-esque with advanced combat skills and of “questionable moral character”.
- “The Child” (colloquially referred to as “Baby Yoda” by viewers) (performed by various puppeteers), a member of the same unnamed species as the powerful Jedi Master Yoda with similar Force abilities. The Child is a toddler at age 50. A bounty is offered for his return by “The Client”. He is found and protected by the Mandalorian while being targeted by other bounty hunters.
The following actors received co-starring billing in the main end credits of the episodes they appeared in:
- Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, an ex-magistrate and leader of a bounty hunter guild who hires the Mandalorian to track a valuable asset.
- Werner Herzog as “The Client”, an unnamed man with Stormtrooper bodyguards who arranges for The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper to track a valuable asset.
- Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, a scientist working for “the Client”.
- Nick Nolte as the voice of Kuiil, an Ugnaught moisture farmer who bought his freedom after being enslaved by the Empire. Misty Rosas provided the performance of Kuiil.
- Taika Waititi as the voice of IG-11, a bounty-hunting droid who processes conversations in a precise and literal manner. After attempting to kill “the Child” as its bounty, and being stopped by Djarin, IG-11 is re-programmed by Kuiil to protect the toddler.
- Gina Carano as Cara Dune, a former rebel shock trooper-turned-mercenary from the now destroyed planet of Alderaan who fought in the Galactic Civil War for the Rebel Alliance.
- Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto, a cantankerous docking bay attendant and ship mechanic on Tatooine.
- Jake Cannavale as Toro Calican, a fledgling bounty hunter looking to join the bounty hunters’ guild by capturing Fennec Shand. He hires The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper to help.
- Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, an assassin who crosses paths with the Mandalorian.
- Mark Boone Junior as Ranzar “Ran” Malk, an aging mercenary and leader of a motley crew looking to free a prisoner on a New Republic ship. Malk is a former associate of the Mandalorian from before he joined the guild.
- Bill Burr as Mayfeld, a former Imperial sharpshooter and the point man on Malk’s crew.
- Natalia Tena as Xi’an, a Twi’lek member of Malk’s crew and knife master, who claims to be Djarin’s former love interest.
- Clancy Brown as Burg, a large Devaronian member of Malk’s crew who serves as the muscle of the team.
- Richard Ayoade as the voice of Q9-0, also known as “Zero”, a droid member of Malk’s crew.
- Ismael Cruz Córdova as Qin, a Twi’lek and Xi’an’s brother. He has a combative past with the Mandalorian.
- Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, a former officer of the Imperial Security Bureau, the Galactic Empire’s secret police, whose life changed after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star.
- Emily Swallow as The Armorer, a Mandalorian woman who forges armor and equipment from Beskar steel, and enforces tradition among the surviving Mandalorians. Swallow was credited as a guest star in episodes one and three, and a co-star in episode eight of season one.
- Julia Jones as Omera, a widowed farmer on Sorgan who provides lodging for the Mandalorian during his stay on the planet.
- Isla Farris as Winta, Omera’s daughter who bonds with the Child during his stay on the planet.
- Asif Ali as Caben, a farmer on Sorgan who, with his friend Stoke, asks The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper to protect his village against the attacks of Klatooinian raiders.
- Eugene Cordero as Stoke, a farmer on Sorgan.
- Rio Hackford as Riot Mar, a bounty hunter who engages The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper in a dogfight.
- Matt Lanter as Davan, a New Republic soldier. Lanter had previously voiced Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
- Dave Filoni as Trapper Wolf, a New Republic X-wing pilot.
- Rick Famuyiwa as Jib Dodger, a New Republic X-wing pilot.
- Deborah Chow as Sash Ketter, a New Republic X-wing pilot.
Horatio Sanz played a Mythrol bounty, and Brian Posehn played a speeder pilot in “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper”. Series creator Jon Favreau voiced Paz Vizsla, an infantry Mandalorian featured in “Chapter 3: The Sin”, physically played by stunt double Tait Fletcher. Adam Pally and Jason Sudeikis played two bike scout troopers in “Chapter 8: Redemption”. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the original and sequel trilogy films has a voice cameo as the bartender droid EV-9D9 in “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger”. Additionally, members of the 501st Legion fan organization were used as stormtrooper extras.
- Michael Biehn as a bounty hunter.
- Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, the former Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker turned spymaster for the Rebel Alliance.
- Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, a notorious bounty hunter utilizing Mandalorian equipment who seemingly died in Return of the Jedi. Morrison previously voiced the character in various Star Wars media.
- Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, the former ruler of Mandalore and leader of a The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper group called the Nite Owls. Sackhoff reprises the role from the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels.
- Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth, a former slave who acquired Boba Fett’s Mandalorian armor. The character was previously featured in the Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy of novels.
Additionally, Sasha Banks has been cast in an undisclosed role.
Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic, a subsidiary of Lucasfilm, opened a new division in November 2018 targeted for streaming and episodic television called ILM TV. Based in London with support from the company’s locations in San Francisco, Vancouver, and Singapore, it is expected that the new division will work extensively on live-action Star Wars television series, starting with The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper.
Unreal Engine 4, a game engine developed by Epic Games, is used to create the digital backgrounds. It makes the rendering of the visual effects faster than would normally be possible for a live-action series, and Favreau said the technology can be applied to a variety of challenges. So rather than using sketches on a whiteboard to map out scenes, the storyboarding was done on the game engine. However, only about 50% of the shots were actually rendered through Unreal and captured in-camera. The other 50% were created through ILM’s traditional visual effects pipeline and rendered with V-Ray. Image Engine also created visual effects for the series, particularly in “Chapter 3: The Sin” and “Chapter 6: The Prisoner”.
On December 19, 2018, it was announced that Ludwig Göransson would compose the musical score for the series. Each chapter has its own soundtrack album, released the same day. For the score, Göransson played many of the key instruments himself, and then added a 70-piece orchestra. He wrote four hours of music for the eight episodes.
Göransson will also be writing the music for the second season of the show. To create his score for the season, given the industry shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra players were recorded remotely or in smaller, distant groups. Favreau explained it was “remarkable what they were able to achieve under the circumstances”.
On October 4, 2018, the first promotional image from the series was released, featuring a Mandalorian with a rifle. About a week later, Favreau released a photo through his official Instagram account featuring a rifle with a two-pronged barrel, an apparent callback to Boba Fett’s weapon in The Star Wars Holiday Special. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and the main cast hosted a panel for The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper at Star Wars Celebration Chicago on April 14, 2019, where the first footage premiered to fans in attendance. The first official poster and trailer were released at the D23 Expo on August 23, 2019. A second and final trailer was released on October 28, 2019. On November 11, a sneak peek was released during Monday Night Football.
The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper premiered on the streaming service Disney+ on November 12, 2019 in the United States. It is available in 4K HDR, though analysis found its luminance to be well below typical HDR standards. Disney+ releases The Mandalorian episodes on a weekly basis, with the first two episodes released only a few days apart on November 12 and 15, 2019 respectively. The seventh episode was released on December 18, 2019 instead of December 20, in order to attach a sneak preview of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which came out on the latter date.
When Disney+ became available in several European countries in late March 2020, episodes of The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper were available weekly, opposed to having all season one episodes available at the start, the first two episodes were available at launch on March 24, 2020, followed by the third on March 27, after which each episode were released weekly.
In November 2019, Walt Disney Studios chief creative officer Alan Horn stated that, if the series is successful, a film featuring the character could be developed. On December 5, 2019, when asked if characters from the series will appear in future Star Wars productions, Favreau said that “There’s definitely the opportunity to explore these characters beyond what has been presented on the show”, and that “There’s a very fluid line between what’s in the movie theaters and what’s on the screen at home”.
In February 2020, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that spin-offs of The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper are being considered, stating that there is “the possibility of infusing [the series] with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series”. Speaking to this in October 2020, Favreau said as more characters are being introduced through the series, “we are beginning to explore where we could go”, and given the faster production time for television series than films, Lucasfilm could be “more responsive” to audience reactions to determine potential spin-offs.
Additionally, Favreau looked to his experience working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where smaller stories exist within the larger narrative, as a potential guide for spin-offs. As for the potential for the character to appear in a Star Wars film, Favreau and Pascal were both open to the idea, but Favreau was in “no rush” to expand the series.
In June 2020, Lucasfilm announced a publishing campaign of tie-in books and comics. This includes an Art of book for the show’s first season, written by Phil Szostak and published by Abrams Books set for December 15, 2020, as well as an original adult novel, written under the codename Sparrow, by Adam Christopher and published by Del Rey Books, set for December 1, 2020. The publishing line also includes comic books from Marvel Comics and IDW, a visual guide by Pablo Hidalgo, and a junior novelization by Joe Schreiber.
The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper Notes
- Actor Giancarlo Esposito, as well as Lucasfilm’s official Star Wars website, have identified the weapon as the Darksaber, a The Mandalorian Mobile Wallpaper lightsaber that has appeared previously in Star Wars animated series.
The featured members of the 501st Legion are Marie Gwin, Jeff Leone, Brent Wilkinson, Michael Bender, Todd Masters, Manuel Dekker, Rick Alpi, Jacko Luong, Mark Edwards, Jacob Gonzales, Chris Elguera, and Sam Newcomer.
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