In a new trailer for “The Mandalorian,” the upcoming live-action “Star Wars” TV show from Jon Favreau, the coolest-looking action figures from the Original Trilogy square off in some truly spectacular fights. Also, Werner Herzog delivers an absolutely A+ unsettling narration.
The trailer features the title character, portrayed by Pedro Pascal, as he hunts bounties, shoots Stormtroopers and other enemies like he’s Clint Eastwood, flies to exotic galactic locales, and generally engages in various forms of space-based and land-based ass-kicking. All set to Herzog’s dialogue.
“It’s a shame that your people suffered. But bounty hunting is a complicated profession,” Herzog says in what has to be his most enjoyable voice over since “Grizzly Man.”
But enough about that, let’s talk about how the trailer brings together characters who inspired some of the coolest toys from the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and makes them fight.
There’s the Mandalorian — who wears the same armor as Boba Fett.
There’s a whole bunch of original trilogy Stormtroopers.
We see what looks like some Tusken Raiders traveling the desert by Dewback.
There’s IG-11 (played by Taika Waititi), a droid soldier who basically looks identical to the bounty hunter IG-88 from “Empire Strikes Back.”
There’s a scene where the Mandalorian captures a Quarren, AKA the race that Squid-headed alien from Jabba’s palace belonged to.
There are speeder bikes like the ones used by the Empire in “Return of the Jedi.”
And best of all, we see the Mandalorian face off against multiple Trandoshans — the same species as the bounty hunter Bossk from “Empire” — who are then frozen in carbonite, just like Han Solo.
What we’re saying is, our old Kenner action figures just became relevant again. Thanks, “The Mandalorian.”
The series also stars Nick Nolte, Herzog, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers and Omid Abtahi. Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow directed episodes of the series, with Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) helming the premiere. “Black Panther” composer and recent Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson will write the score.
“The Mandlorian” premieres on Disney+ Nov. 12.