Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019

‘Mandalorian’ Adds ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Rocky’ Actors to Cast


Late Wednesday, Lucasfilm confirmed what most fans already knew – “Narcos” actor Pedro Pascal will play the lead role in the new Star Wars live-action series “The Mandalorian.” But the studio still had a few surprise announcements to make.

In a post on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm said Pascal (who had previously been announced as a cast member) would play a “lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” “The Mandalorian” is expected to be the flagship series for Disney+, the studio’s new streaming service that premieres next year. 

However, Lucasfilm also announced new cast members, including names familiar to fans of some recent hit movies and TV shows. They include Giancarlo Esposito, who played the infamous Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad;” Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the Rocky films and Dillon in Predator; Emily Swallow (“Supernatural”); Omid Abtahi (“American Gods”), and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man). They join Gina Carano (Deadpool) and Nick Nolte (48 Hours), who had previously been announced.

Giancarlo Esposito
Giancarlo Esposito

Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Lion King) serves as executive producer for “The Mandalorian,” alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, Karen Gilchrist and Dave Filoni, who will direct the pilot episode. Filoni served as executive producer on both “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels.”

Additional episodes will be directed by a slew of notables. They include Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

“The Mandalorian” is expected to premiere in the fall of 2019, to coincide with the launch of Disney+. It will be joined by another Star Wars live-action series based on Rogue One character Cassian Andor. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Cassian in the series.

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