Although Star Wars fans are currently crossing their fingers hoping that the first trailer for Episode IX drops before Christmas, it is possible that we might get our first look at the live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian, in the near future as well. The show could conceivably debut before Episode IX hits theatres next December, assuming it is targeting the Disney+ streaming service launch in late 2019. This week Lucasfilm has officially unveiled the primary cast for the series, which confirms some interesting rumours that had been floating around out there previously. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
“Lucasfilm is pleased to announce the cast of the first-ever Star Wars live-action series — The Mandalorian.
Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Warrior).”
Aside from Pascal, the specific roles played by the other actors have not yet been made public. The involvement of Werner Herzog is particularly intriguing, but overall it’s a pretty eclectic cast to say the least. The Mandalorian is set five years after Return of the Jedi and it is being executive produced and written by Jon Favreau with episodes 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). Are you looking forward to The Mandalorian?