An image from the set of 'The Mandalorian.' Courtesy Walt Disney Studios.

Pedro Pascal Joins The Mandalorian in Leading Role

Just over a month after Jon Favreau teased a brand-new Star Wars character, we now have a familiar face (although the character still has no proper name.) Variety confirms that Pedro Pascal will star in The Mandalorian on new streaming site Disney+.

Although Boba Fett has become one of the most popular characters in Star Wars canon, the new series will fall after we see the bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back. There is no guarantee they will cross paths and is probably unlikely, but details are vague enough right now that it could be possible.

Interestingly, Favreau refers to Pascal’s role as a “warrior.” That’s an interesting choice of words for someone who hails from an anti-Jedi community. I usually think of a warrior as heroic, but who the Mandalorian will definitely take up arms against is unclear. He sounds like a rogue agent. He’s been described as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

Favreau wrote the episodes and will produce. Dave Filoni, who has written for several Star Wars series including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will direct the pilot. Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) will also direct episodes. That is a really diverse group of creators, so it will be interesting to see what tone the series takes. We imagine something gritty, but Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars story sketched a much lighter past for Han Solo than it could have, so perhaps The Mandalorian will find some sweet spot therein.

If you want to see Pascal in action with fellow Star Wars alum, Diego Luna, season 4 of Narcos kicks off next weekend. Feel like you don’t have enough time to binge the first three seasons before then? Never fear. Narcos took to Twitter to say you don’t have to start from the beginning to dive in. Luna will appear in his own Star Wars series as Rogue One character, Cassian Andor.

Featured Image: An image from the set of ‘The Mandalorian.’ Courtesy Walt Disney Studios. 

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