Some familiar faces join the universe of Star Wars.
By Jesse Schedeen
The Star Wars franchise is finally making the jump to live-action television this year. Disney +'s next streaming service will feature an original series called The Mandalorian, which features a mysterious gun that gets known several years after the Jedi Return. The series is being written and produced by Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 & 2).
Beyond that, we know little about the plot or the Mandalorian characters. However, we know who has been thrown into this series. Scroll down to see which actors will debut in Star Wars and what kind of classic villain of Star Wars is being offered a new life. And check again when updating this article with the new information revealed during the Star Wars celebration this weekend.
Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) will play in The Mandalorian. Although his character has not yet been revealed, we assume that Pascal is the titular Mandalorian and the "solitary shooter" mentioned in the description of the series. Expect that Pascal's character is an anti-hero who is looking for his way to a time when Mandalore as a whole emerges from years of imperial rule and forges a new place in the galaxy.
Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) has been interpreted in an undisclosed role. Given her history as an MMA fighter and appearing in action-heavy movies, we assume that Carano will play another Mandalorian character. Is she an ally of Pascal's character or an antagonist?
Nick Nolte (Tropic Thunder) was played in an undisclosed role. Nolte could be seen playing either a graying mentor for the character of Pascal or a villain (as he had done for Hulk in 2003).
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) was performed in an undisclosed role. Will we see him play another sweet villain, Gus Fring, or will Esposito take a more heroic turn this time?
Emily Swallow (Supernatural) was chosen for an undisclosed role. Swallow has some experience of voice over work with animated series like Castlevania and video games like The Order: 1886, so we could see her playing an alien character or a droid in The Mandalorian.
Carl Weathers (Predator) plays an undisclosed role. Could he play an aging Mandalorian warrior?
Omid Abtahi (Damien) was named for an unknown role. As with Emily Swallow, Abtahi's extensive experience in voiceover work in video games suggests that he could provide voice to an alien character or droid.
Werner Herzog was staged in an undisclosed role. Herzog is easily the most intriguing cast member, as he is generally best known for his work as a director rather than for theater. Since most of Herzog's recent actor credits have been voices for animated sitcoms like Rick and Morty and The Simpsons, he seems another likely candidate for the expression of a non-character. human on The Mandalorian.
Taika Waititi – IG-88
To date, Taika Waititi is the only member of the cast whose real role has been confirmed. Waititi will present IG-88, the dishonest assassin droid who was part of the bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. In the stories of the old expanded universe, it was revealed that IG-88 had in fact inserted its programming into the second Death Star, briefly taking control of the station until his destruction stops his reign. Given Korg's comic portrayal in Waititi by Thor: Ragnarok (which he also directed), we presume that IG-88 will have a more eccentric personality than what Star Wars fans had been brought to to believe.
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