According to Dave Filoni, there was one scene that required a large number of stormtroopers, but they didn't have enough costumes. He ended up drafting members of the 501st Legion fanclub, who specialize in making their own Storm/Clone trooper cosplays.
Set approximately five years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
The Mandalorian's phase-pulse blaster is based on Boba Fett's rifle from The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).
This series makes use of Stagecraft, a technology created by ILM, which is able to project virtual environments around the actors. According to Kathleen Kennedy, one day a Disney executive visited the set and, after taking a look around, turned to Jon Favreau and said "Jon, I thought you weren't going to build anything". What the executive didn't know was that he was actually standing within a virtual set.
In the first episode the Mandalorian's bounty mentions trying to get home for "Life Day." Life Day was a central part of the plot for the much maligned Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978.
Baby Yoda has become an internet sensation over the past month, but toys weren't available for the character because of that secrecy. Some toys, such as Funko Pop figures and a plush from Mattel, are available to preorder but won't be delivered until the spring. Favreau has said the intention was to not spoil the series ahead of the premiere. "The way the cat usually gets out of the bag with that stuff is merchandising and toy catalogs and things like that," he told Entertainment Tonight. But it seems like the move worked. "The Mandalorian" is the biggest series in the world, based on demand data from Parrot Analytics. And the "Star Wars" series recently dethroned "Stranger Things" as the most in-demand series in the US after a 21-week streak.
During the first episode when the "bounty" is looking through the carbonite bounties, one of them is Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Although he signed on for mainly financial reasons, before coming on the set Werner Herzog had never seen a Star Wars movie. Herzog (the Client) went on to praise the show's world building and practical effects, saying "it's cinema at its best".
During the first episode, a Kowakian monkey lizard is briefly seen roasting on a spit. This is the same species as Salacious Crumb, who was with Jabba The Hutt on his throne.
A December 2019 Vulture article drew attention to the question of how often the masked actor onscreen in full-body costume as the Mandalorian is Pedro Pascal instead of one of the credited Mandalorian doubles, Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder, with Pascal's voice performance dubbed in. Since the actors collaborate to keep movement consistent, the audience is unlikely to be able to tell without behind-the-scenes info. Notably, Pascal does not appear onscreen as the Mandalorian at all in season 1 episode "Sanctuary".
Many episodes of The Mandalorian pay homage to early Japanese cinema- most notably Lone Wolf and Cub where a samurai travels feudal Japan with a child in tow, and Seven Samurai where a poor village seeks the help of experienced swordsmen to protect them from pillaging raiders.
Episode 2 of the series, "The Child", answers the longstanding question of whether Jawas are native to the desert world of Tatooine, depicted in several of the feature films and subsequent multimedia projects. The answer is no, the species is not limited to Tatooine. The species may apparently be found on several planets throughout the galaxy.
Critics didn't get a chance to watch the first episode until after it was released through Disney+, which is typically a sign of a lack of confidence from the studio. However, it should be noted that this was only done to prevent the First-Episode Twist from getting out, and not out of quality concerns, as the pilot was widely praised upon release. To subvert this altogether, Lucasfilm had a premiere screening of the pilot and the next two episodes (which were not released at the time) specifically for critics a few days after the first episode was released.
It was Donald Glover who inspired Jon Faverau to keep Baby Yoda a secret until the first "Mandalorian" episode debuted on Disney Plus, (Glover also played a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story) so he's no stranger to the "Star Wars" franchise. During filming of the "Lion King" remake, Glover (who voiced Simba in the movie) told Favreau that audiences liked surprises. "We were talking about music and pop culture, and he was saying that what people really like now is to be surprised, because it doesn't happen that much," Favreau said. "When Beyoncé did an album, she would just put it online and everybody would react to it. Just putting it out there spurred a conversation that would become more viral and bring more genuine attention than any marketing."
This is Jon Favreau's third time working on Star Wars after voicing Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
The Mandalorian's blaster pistol is based on a real life firearm - specifically an 1894 Bergmann No. 1 automatic pistol - with a few extra bits added to it. Several iconic weapons from the original Star Wars trilogy were also based on real firearms.
Having Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow make Creator Cameos as X-Wing pilots in Chapter 6 was originally a joke suggestion by Filoni to Jon Favreau.
Bryce Dallas Howard is set to direct an episode. Her father, Ron Howard, directed Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
One of the people in the Mandalorian suit is Brendan Wayne, who is the grandson of legendary actor John Wayne. John Wayne was known for doing Westerns, and The Mandalorian is heavily influenced by Westerns.
Being a Star Wars production means taking advantage of previous productions' assets. Props from Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Solo have been spotted, as well as designs and concepts from other media.
Giancarlo Esposito spoke of his character saying: "In a way, you might call him an underworld character. You may also look at him as a savior, as someone who might bring back some order to the world after it's all collapsed."
Werner Herzog ended up playing a role in this in order to fund a future project, although he did like the script and the role he ended up having.
As Disney+ was initially available to a limited number of countries, note, there was no legal way to see The Mandalorian outside the countries where Disney+ is available. The results? The series became the most illegally downloaded production of the year on par with Game of Thrones. This is especially egregious for Latin American viewers, since the series has a Latin American Spanish dub included, but it was made for Hispanic (and Puerto Rican) audiences in mind. Averted with Japan, as the show is available starting December 2019 in Disney Deluxe, which is a streaming service exclusive for that country.
Practical models are used in multiple shots of the protagonist's vehicle, the Razorcrest. This is an obvious callback to the method used in the original Star Wars trilogy.
The series is a space spaghetti western with influences from Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy. One of the cast members, Brendan Wayne, is the grandson of legendary actor John Wayne, who was known for appearing in westerns.
Gina Carano initially believed that she would be playing the role of a female Wookiee, and was surprised that her face would be seen within the series.
Tait Fletcher plays one of the Bar Thugs in Chapter 1 and is the suit actor for Paz Vizla in Chapter 3. Brendan Wayne, one of the stunt doubles for the titular Mandalorian, also portrays a Mandalorian warrior who saved the titular character when he was a child during the Clone Wars.
Not even a few minutes after the release trailer was posted online, Pedro Pascal joined in with the chimes of "Yeah? Good." on Twitter. Pascal tweeted in response to a meme edit of the Child pressing buttons in the Mandalorian's ship that played "Africa" by Toto that it would be out-of-character for the Mando to turn it off. On the other hand, "Yoda" by "Weird Al" Yankovic would stay off.
The Mandalorian's gauntlets have blue arrows pointing outwards. Dave Filoni worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender before joining the Star Wars franchise, and previous references to the show have been made in the past (such as Appo's arrow art on his armor in Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
The theory that Ming-Na Wen was playing a live-action version of Ursa Wren got debunked when her character was revealed to be an assassin named Fennec Shand.
Pedro Pascal will be the thirteenth actor from Game of Thrones (2011) to appear in the Star Wars franchise while his former castmates were in the films with Julian Glover in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Keisha Castle-Hughes in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Gwendoline Christie, Max von Sydow, Jessica Henwick, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Stanley, Miltos Yerolemou, and Emun Elliott appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and Ian McElhinney appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). Kate Dickie appeared in The Last Jedi (2017) and Emilia Clarke in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). GoT stuntmen Liang Yang and C.C. Smiff worked on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) as stuntmen, and Nina Gold was the Casting Director on both.
The Child was quickly dubbed "Baby Yoda", the "Yoda baby", or "Yoddler" by fans. The Mandalorian was dubbed, The "Daddalorian" or "ManDADlorian" for the Mandalorian being a papa wolf to the child.
The Mandalorian's ship, the Razor Crest, bears a vague resemblance to Serenity, the main ship from the short-lived Fox series Firefly (2002). The two ships share similar large cylindrical engines on each side. Like "The Mandalorian", Firefly is also a space western.
Actor Jake Cannavale has two family connections to Star Wars. His father Bobby Cannavale appeared on Will & Grace, which featured frequent guest appearances by Debbie Reynolds as Grace's mother, and one guest appearance by James Earl Jones. Bobby Cannavale is also romantically partnered to actress Rose Byrne, who played a handmaiden in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
Carl weathers was in the science fiction/thriller film Predator (1987) about a creature from outer space.
Nick Nolte, Gina Carano Creator Jon Favreau and episode 4 director Bryce Dallas Howard have been in movies based on comic books, Nolte was in Hulk (2003) as David Banner, Carano played Angel Dust in Deadpool (2016), Howard played Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3 (2007), and series creator Jon Favreau plays Happy Hogan in the MCU, and was also a lawyer in Daredevil (2003). And Jake Cannavales father Bobby Cannavale was in Ant-Man (2015) and it's sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).