Update: Former MMA fighter and Deadpool Actress, Gina Carano, has been cast in an unspecified role.
The Game of Thrones and Narcos star, Pedro Pascal, has reportedly been cast in the new Disney+ Star Wars show, ‘The Mandalorian’, as the lead character. The actor was long rumoured to be involved, according to sources at Variety, it has been reported that he has been offered the role and negotiations are underway.
Along with both Game of Thrones and Narcos, Pascal has had roles in the recent ‘Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle’ and he will be a part of the cast in the upcoming ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.
The Mandalorian will be written and produced by Jon Favreau, who has previously had extensive work within the MCU. The only details we have to go on here is the confirmation that it takes place between the fall of the Empire, after Return of the Jedi, and before the rise of The First Order, as seen in The Force Awakens.
Favreau stated that ‘The Mandalorian’ will follow a new character, inspired by popular bounty hunters Boba and Jango Fett. He states: “We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”
A list of directors working on the show has also been released. The premiere will be directed by Dave Filoni (who has worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Clone Wars animated series respectively) whilst the subsequent offerings will be helmed by the likes of Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga), Deborah Chow (Better Call Saul, Man in the High Castle) and Rick Famuyiwa (Talk to Me, Our Family Wedding).
Another live-action Star Wars prequel show, starring Rogue One’s Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Luna stated in an official news release, “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply,”
‘The Mandalorian’ will sport a budget of over $100 Million and more information is likely to be released as Disney prepare their streaming service, of which the show will surely be flagship selling point.
Expect a late 2019/early 2020 release for the first Disney+ entry into the world of Star Wars.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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