Pedro Pascal Cast As Lead In ‘The Mandalorian’
Pedro Pascal will be donning a shiny set of armour as he is tapped for the lead role in upcoming Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian‘.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. ‘The Mandalorian’ is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Rumours of Pascal being in the mix for the lead had been floating around for a while, but according to Variety, he has now been offered the part and negotiations are underway. Pedro Pascal is someone who is no stranger to massive franchises. He played Oberyn Martell in ‘Game Of Thrones’ (that Mandalorian armour would have come in rather helpful there…) and Javier Peña in the first 3 seasons of Netflix’s ‘Narcos’. He’s also popped up in shows such as ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Graceland’ and ‘The Good Wife’, and recently completed filming on the ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ movie.
Jon Favreau will write an exec produce ‘The Mandalorian’, and they have lined up an impressive list of people to join him behind the cameras. Dave Filoni, the genius behind the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars Rebels’ animated series, is set to direct his first live-action Star Wars project as he takes the helm for the first episode. He is joined by ‘Jessica Jones’ director Deborah Chow and ‘Dope’ director/producer Rick Famuyiwa. Also sitting in the director’s chair will be Bryce Dallas Howard who is probably better known as an actress but has directed a number of short films, and the phenomenal Taika Waititi, who recently directed ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ for the Marvel franchise.
Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson will serve as exec producers. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
There’s no premiere date yet for ‘The Mandalorian‘, but we know Disney’s new streaming service won’t be launching until late 2019 in the US, and then will be rolled out worldwide after that.