While fans anxiously await The Mandalorian Season 2’s slated fall premiere (prospective delays notwithstanding), Disney+, the streaming home of the Star Wars series, will soon release something to temporarily sate those Baby Yoda hunger pangs. A new docuseries is set to premiere on the platform—in time for May the 4th—bringing behind-the-scenes footage and new interviews about the process of bringing the serial spinoff phenomenon to life.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, as it will be titled, will manifest on Disney+ as an eight-episode documentary series hosted by creator Jon Favreau himself. The series will take shape as a showcase of everything that went into the conception of The Mandalorian thus far, debuting never-before-seen footage, behind-the-scenes material and roundtable interviews with key personnel.
The debut episode of the series is part of Disney’s quarantined May the 4th Star Wars Day celebration this year, a status it will share with another beloved serial offering, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which will see the animated series—recently revived on the platform—debut the conclusion of its seventh season, which will serve as its series finale. Yet, the pairing is poetic beyond the shared involvement of executive producer Dave Filoni, since The Mandalorian’s second season will see the live-action debut of the animated show’s de facto protagonist, Ahsoka Tano, who will reportedly be played by Rosario Dawson; a casting that, while close to a lock, is “not confirmed yet,” as the actress recently revealed.
As Favreau explains of the Disney docuseries in a statement:
“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is an opportunity for fans of the show to take a look inside and get to see a different perspective, and perhaps a greater understanding, of how The Mandalorian came together and some of the incredibly talented contributors throughout Season One,” adding, “We had a great experience making the show and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.”
Indeed, Disney Gallery will not only examine the technical logistics of The Mandalorian’s conception, but will set the show’s creation into context, exploring topics such as the overall legacy of George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise in relation to the process of fashioning the characters that embody this first proper live-action series. Thus, viewers will get a peak behind the curtain of the elements that made the series stand out uniquely in the franchise’s current era under Disney ownership, showing its array of practical effects, models and creatures, along with an exploration of their creative influences and musical score.
Of course, the focus of the docuseries, The Mandalorian, made a far bigger impact on the pop culture panorama than most had anticipated. The series—ambiguously touted and teased for years—was long believed to be the spiritual successor to Lucas’s abandoned pre-Disney television series endeavor, Star Wars Underworld, which was to break away from the Force-related mysticism of the Jedi to explore the seedier “scum and villainy” side of the continuity. Yet, the speculation would prove to be about half-right upon the climactic moment of The Mandalorian pilot this past November with the game-changing reveal of The Child, a.k.a. Baby Yoda, who the titular armored drifter would spend the entirety of Season 1 protecting, revealing that a comically unconventional, but ultimately heartfelt paternal relationship was always destined to be at the center of the series.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Trailer
The trailer for this making-of docuseries teases all of the cool things we’ll learn about the first season of The Mandalorian, including roundtable discussions with the cast and the production team! Check it out below:
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Release Date
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian will show us the way on Disney+ starting Monday, May 4, after which new episodes will premiere every Friday.