Pedro Pascal has been cast to lead Disney/Lucasfilm’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
Variety is reporting the casting, and while they describe his unnamed character as a lead role, they don’t equivocally state that Pascal will be playing the show’s titular role.
The series, which will be available through Disney’s streaming service Disney+ when that premiers late next year, is set between the fall of the evil Galactic Empire, which took place after the events of Return Of The Jedi and before the rise of the equally evil First Order, the baddies of the current Star Wars sequel trilogy. It will follow a lone gun-for-hire as he travels through the outer edges of a galaxy striving to restore order after the chaos of the Galactic Civil War.
Although the show began production last month, this is the first bit of casting news we have heard about the project.
Jon Favreau s executive producing the project for Lucasfilm and has aligned an impressive array of directors for the show’s ten episode run including Dave Filoni (the exec producer on the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).