When Disney and Jon Favreau made the initial announcement for The Mandalorian, Star Wars fans and the rest of the TV-watching community lost their minds over the prospect of what a show like this could mean for the Star Wars universe. What we didn’t realize, at the time, was that this was Disney’s unique way of saying, “The Mandalorian is being fast-tracked.”. Sure enough, shortly after this announcement, Disney revealed that they had signed on some high-profile directors, like Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Star Wars animated visionary Dave Filoni, to direct an indeterminate amount of episodes. Now, they’ve found their leading man.
According to multiple sources and reports, Disney has chosen Pedro Pascal to be the leading man in Jon Favreau‘s Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, and are in negotiations with the actor.
As of now, details are pretty scarce as to who he will be and if he’s actually “The Mandalorian”. The casting would be a huge get for Disney, though, as Pascal has seen his stock skyrocket after his short stint as Oberyn Martel in Game of Thrones. Since his tragic clash with the Mountain, Pascal has starred in Netflix‘s Narcos, had a hefty role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is currently filming Wonder Woman 1984, and will be seen in Beale Street later this month. If all things go according to plan, he’ll be the first cast in The Mandalorian.
However, he’s not actually the first person to be cast in a Star Wars show on Disney+. That honor goes to Diego Luna, who last week was announced that he would be reprising his role as Cassius Andor in a Rogue One Prequel.
The Mandalorian, set to release in 2019, will take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before the First Order rises to power in The Force Awakens.
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