Jon Favreau has found his Mandalorian. Sources are confirming that Disney has offered Pedro Pascal the lead in the first live-action Star Wars series in the franchise’s history.
For months now we’ve been telling you about The Mandalorian, Favreau’s $100 million Star Wars series. The show takes place sometime after the fall of the Empire but before the rise of the New Order. We also know that it’s focus will be a “lone gunslinger” travelling the Outer Rim. Nevertheless, we know little else about the series or its cast. At least we now know that Pedro Pascal will indeed be portraying the titular character.
We first reported the rumor of Pascal’s casting back in early October. Variety, citing “inside sources” is now confirming that the studio and Pascal are currently negotiating the terms of his contract. Fan anticipation for The Mandalorian is high. Knowing Pedrol Pascal will be a part of it, however, will excite many fans even more.
Pedro Pascal Will Be The Mandalorian
It’s been an eventful few days for Star Wars. News that Pascal is confirmed for the lead role comes hot on the heels of other Mandalorian news, namely that Carl Weathers is joining the cast as well. Plus, just this week, Lucasfilm confirmed that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Diego Luna will reprise his role as Capt. Cassian Andor in a second live-action Star Wars series. Both shows will premier likely next year on Disney+, Disney’s upcoming subscription streaming service.
Pascal has earned critical acclaim for his work in the Netflix series Narcos. Interestingly, Diego Luna will be starring in the next Narcos season, Narcos: Mexico, premiering on Netflix later this week. Now both actors will be sharing Star Wars air time on Disney+.
While he was certainly exceptional in Narcos, many (if not most) fans will recognize Pascal from his portrayal of Prince Oberyn in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He will surely brings the same swagger and flair he displayed in GoT to The Mandalorian. If that’s the case, Star Wars fans won’t be disappointed.
Jon Favreau will produce The Mandalorian, and Dave Filoni will direct the pilot episode. Bryce Dallas Howard, among others, with both direct and star in various others. The show is in production now and is set to debut on Disney+ sometime next year.