The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” has officially unveiled its full cast. And while several names should already sound familiar, the ensemble also includes some impressive — and frankly, a bit odd — surprises.Lucasfilm revealed the lineup on Wednesday, confirming that Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones,” “Narcos”) would be playing the titular character, a lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Other previously announced stars that have been confirmed include Hollywood legend Nick Nolte, and former MMA fighter Gina Carano (“Deadpool”).
The rest of the cast features Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), Emily Swallow (“Supernatural”), Carl Weathers (“Predator”), Omid Abtahi (“American Gods”), and Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man”). That latter selection may be a bit head-scratching to those who only know Herzog from his directorial work, though the filmmaker has acted in several film and TV projects over the years. (Remember him as the oddball owner of the creepy house April and Andy buy in the final season of “Parks and Recreation”?) We’re definitely curious to see how he fits into the ensemble of this series.
“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” said writer and executive producer Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “The Jungle Book”) in a statement.
“The Mandalorian” is set in between the events of “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” Episodes will be directed by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Deborah Chow (“Jessica Jones”), Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”), Bryce Dallas Howard (“Solemates”), and Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”).
The series is in production now. Expect “The Mandalorian” to debut on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, sometime in late 2019.
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