More than a month after the start of production, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series has found its lead cast member. The Mandalorian will feature (pending negotiations) Pedro Pascal in the lead role. Many details about the serious are being kept under wraps for the time being, but Pascal is going to be our latest leading man in a galaxy far, far away, and the first ever to lead a live-action small screen adaptation of the universe introduced to us by George Lucas all of those many years ago.
According to several reports, Pedro Pascal is in final negotiations with Lucasfilm to head up The Mandalorian. His casting had been rumored previously but now several outlets have confirmed those previous reports. Pascal previously starred in prestige TV shows such as Netflix's drug cartel drama Narcos and HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, in addition to roles in major movies like Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Wonder Woman 1984, which is set to hit theaters in 2020. This will surely boost his profile quite a bit more.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) is the chief creative force behind The Mandalorian, serving as executive producer and writer. Production kicked off in early October. What exactly have they been filming without the lead actor? That is a great question. What we know for sure is that the series will center on a lone gunslinger making his way in the galaxy along the Outer Rim. The series takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and prior to the events of The Force Awakens, a period of time that really hasn't been explored on screen up to this point.
The only other cast member we've heard about, which hasn't yet been confirmed, is The Predator and Rocky franchise star Carl Weathers. Beyond that, we've heard that some of the episode's directors will have minor roles. The directors that have been announced include Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) and Bryce Dallas Howard, who has mostly directed short movies and worked as an actress in movies like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom up to this point in her career. Waititi is the only one with any specific information, as he's said to be playing a droid.
This is just one of two already announced Star Wars live-action shows being produced for the Disney streaming service, Disney+. We also recently learned that Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor in a Rogue One prequel series, which is set to begin production next year. The Mandalorian does not yet have an exact premiere date, but it's expected that the series will launch with Disney+, which is slated to release in late 2019. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the series are made available. This was previously reported by Variety.