Carl Weathers was rumored to have been cast in the upcoming Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ series ‘The Mandalorian’, created and overseen by Jon Favreau, about a month ago. However, this was unconfirmed until now. Disney has issued a press release announcing the full cast, which includes confirmation of some actors that were rumored but unconfirmed, as well as a few brand new announcements.
As was expected, Pedro Pascal is the show’s headliner, “a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” Also confirmed were the previously reported Gina Carano, and Nick Nolte. Among the new names are: Giancarlo Esposito from ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ among others; ‘Supernatural’ alum Emily Swallow, who also voices Lisa Tepes on the Netflix anime ‘Castlevania’; Omid Abtahi, who played Salim on ‘American Gods’; and the acclaimed director Werner Herzog, who also dabbles in acting. He was last seen in his own film ‘Salt and Fire’ and made small appearances in ‘Jack Reacher’ and on ‘Parks and Recreation’.
As Favreau said:
“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to.”
It has also been revealed that the show is set in the Outer Rim, after ‘Return of the Jedi’, in an area where the locals either don’t know that the Empire has fallen or just don’t care.
‘The Mandalorian’ is expected to be available when Disney+ launches in the fall of next year.
If you’d like to read the entire press release, you can find it below.
Lucasfilm is pleased to announce the cast of the first-ever Star Wars live-action series — The Mandalorian.
Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction).
“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” says Executive Producer Jon Favreau.
Currently in production, The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
The highly-anticipated series will be exclusive to Disney+, The Walt Disney Company’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in the U.S. in late 2019.