The Mandalorian has selected its titular Mandalorian in Pedro Pascal!
The small-screen Star Wars Universe has landed its first original headlining TV star in Pascal, who, as Variety reports, is in the midst of negotiations after having been offered the lead role in The Mandalorian, a show touted for the upcoming streaming service, Disney+. The series – which will be shepherded by a high-profile writer/producer/showrunner in Jon Favreau – will prospectively see Pascal play an unnamed main character, previously described by Favreau as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
Indeed, The Mandalorian will serve as a showcase of the seedier, non-Jedi-related aspects of the Star Wars mythos, set sometime in the decades between the fall of the Empire (in Return of the Jedi,) and before the emergence of the Sequel Trilogy’s Empire-emulating retro-fascists, the First Order. Moreover, the lone gunfighter will operate far from the jurisdiction of the post-Empire New Republic. Disney recently revealed the first teaser image (seen below,) showing a character in Mandalorian armor, possibly the one that Pascal is in talks to play.
The news arrives just a few days after Disney announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna will reprise his film role as Cassian Andor on a Disney+ TV series that’s being described as a Rebellion-era spy thriller.
For Pascal, who had been rumored for The Mandalorian lead role, this is yet another high-profile platform. He’s coming off recent film appearances in The Equalizer 2 and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with prospects glistening after he recently landed a mystery role in the anticipated 2019-scheduled DC cinematic sequel, Wonder Woman 1984. Yet, much of Pascal’s current career momentum can be traced back to his memorable TV run on HBO’s Game of Thrones as the charismatic, hedonistic, spear-swinging badass, Oberyn Martell (and, unfortunately, for the character’s mind-blowing exit). Pascal followed that with a TV run on Netflix’s Narcos.
Pascal will next be seen in the cast of Oscar-winning Moonlight writer/director Barry Jenkins’s new film, If Beale Street Could Talk.
The Mandalorian will see prospective star Pascal get in front of the camera for the Star Wars franchise’s ace animation maestro, Dave Filoni, who will step in to direct the first episode. Filoni will kick off a prestigious lineup of helmers that consists of names like Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) and – in her serial television directorial debut – Bryce Dallas Howard. They will be joined by executive producers in Favreau and Filoni, along with Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson and co-executive producer Karen Gilchrist.
We will keep you updated on The Mandalorian as things develop!