Star Wars: critics wowed by The Mandalorian preview

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Disney unveiled 30 minutes of The Mandalorian at a special screening…

Disney+ is coming to the US next month. The heavyweight streaming service is in line to rival Netflix, and one of its premium launch series is The Mandalorian, an original Star Wars project from Iron Man director Jon Favreau, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Giancarlo Esposito.

Disney decided to screen thirty minutes of footage from The Mandalorian late last week, and critics came out utterly blown away by what they saw, which is probably why Disney preemptively renewed the series! Season 2 is already filming stateside.

Here’s selection of reactions from the preview…

Mike Ryan, Uproxx:

“Oh wow THE MANDALORIAN footage looks incredible. We saw IG-88 attacking, we saw Salacious Crumb being barbecued for a meal. And Werner Herzog as some sort of galactic gangster who has his own team Stormtroopers. Biggest takeaway for me from the Mandalorian footage was the Mandalorian riding a Dewback and that ROTJ era Scout Troopers are back on those era speeder bikes.”

Steve Weintraub, Collider:

“This is the Star Wars thing I’ve been waiting for! While I love the Skywalker saga, I’ve wanted to see new characters and places explored in depth which can only be done over multiple episodes in a series format. Cannot wait to see more of The Mandalorian.”

Eric Goldman, Get Fandom:

“Just watched close to 25 minutes of footage from #TheMandalorian. It’s very cool and atmospheric – sometimes evoking the vibe of Rogue One (which I adore). The title character is instantly fascinating and there are great action and suspense moments, including some Predator vibes”

Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm:

“Just saw almost 30 minutes of #TheMandalorian’s pilot episode. It feels like a thrilling return to the original trilogy era of Star Wars. It feels like a big scale movie, not a tv series. They are still keeping a lot of mystery with deliberate cuts in the footage. The score is awesome. Seeing @dave_filoni do live action Star Wars is everything I’ve wanted. I can’t wait to see more.”

The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12th.