Early reactions to 'The Mandalorian' first-look footage are in and critics are raving

Ben Arnold
Contributor
The Mandalorian (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

After the first trailer for Star War spin-off series The Mandalorian landed at the Disney expo event D23 in August, buzz has started to build for director Jon Favreau's take on the galaxy far, far away.

The cast is immense – with Pedro Pascal as the mysterious masked bounty hunter of the title – and clearly Disney is pretty confident with it, seeing as it’s using it as the flagship show for its new streaming platform Disney+.

Now, following a media junket over the weekend, the Mouse House has given critics a preview of 30 minutes of footage.

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And it sounds like good news to us, with those who have seen it picking up on its full immersion into Star Wars lore, not to mention how well-produced it all looks.

Now this can often be the case – that initial reactions posted on Twitter are celebratory but then later followed by slightly more considered responses (and as noted above, the scenes were ‘disconnected’).

But this all seems pretty overwhelmingly positive to us.

Alongside Pascal are a host of stars, including Nick Nolte, Deadpool star Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, Julia Jones and revered director and sometime actor Werner Herzog.

When we might get to see it in the UK, however, is another matter.

As it stands, Disney+ may not arrive on these shores until sometime next year – likely thanks to the current deals that Disney has with Sky in the UK, which are thought to be expiring in the spring.

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Disney+ launches in the US on November 12, meaning that fans in the US will get the first episode of The Mandalorian on day one.

It could be that the show might arrive through another service, however, such as through Disney's UK streaming service DisneyLife, though currently it all feels rather up in the air.

One DisneyLife user used Twitter to try and get some answers last week, but while Disney Life will remain active for 'some time', if you want to know when Disney+ might arrive (as it will in the US, Canada and the Netherlands in scarcely a month's time), you'll have to sit tight.