'The Mandalorian' documentary series coming to Disney+ on May the Fourth

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
The Child is the breakout star of The Mandalorian. (Disney+/Lucasfilm)

The biggest show on Disney+ is getting its own spin-off series.

The streaming service, launched in the UK in March, has announced Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, an eight-part documentary series, will be launching on 4 May. Or May the Fourth as it’s known to Star Wars fans.

It will feature new interviews with key creatives on the show, never before seen behind the scenes footage, and roundtable chats hosted by showrunner Jon Favreau.

Each episode will cover a different aspect of the filmmaking process with topics covered listed as: the filmmaking process, the legacy of George Lucas’ Star Wars, how the cast brought the characters to life, the series’ groundbreaking technology, the artistry behind the show’s practical models, effects, and creatures, plus the creative influences, the iconic score, and connections to Star Wars characters and props from across the galaxy.”

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Set between the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens following the fall of the Empire, the eight-part sci-fi drama follows the exploits of a bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal.

Scene from the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.

It’s been the most talked about Disney+ Original so far, mainly thanks to the extremely meme-worthy Baby Yoda (or The Child to use its proper name). The series has been released weekly with new episodes every Friday, and the final episode is set to land in the UK on 1 May.

May the fourth will also mark the release date of the final ever episode of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+.

Here’s the full description, courtesy of a press release from Disney: In “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau invites the cast and crew to share an unprecedented look at the making of the series which quickly became a pop culture phenomenon after premiering in March in the UK. Debuting on the day that a worldwide community of fans celebrate all-things-Star Wars -- Monday, May 4 -- “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” is an eight-episode documentary series that pulls back the curtain on “The Mandalorian.” Each chapter explores a different facet of the first live-action Star Wars television show through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Jon Favreau.

Rick Famuyiwa, from left, Ming-Na Wen, Julia Jones, Pedro Pascal, Omid Abtahi, Jon Favreau, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, Gina Carano, Ludwig Goransson, Carl Wethers,Emily Swallow, Kathleen Kennedy, Aidan Bertola, Brian Posehn, and Werner Herzog attend the LA Premiere of "The Mandalorian" at the El Capitan theatre on Wednesday November 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)

“’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 1,” said Favreau. “We had a great experience making the show and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.”

Topics this season include the filmmaking process, the legacy of George Lucas’ Star Wars, how the cast brought the characters to life, the series’ groundbreaking technology, the artistry behind the show’s practical models, effects, and creatures, plus the creative influences, the iconic score, and connections to Star Wars characters and props from across the galaxy. 

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” will premiere three days after “The Mandalorian” will wrap its first season in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. New episodes of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” will stream every Friday on Disney+.