Giancarlo Esposito is one of the most in-demand character actors around. He is perhaps best known nowadays as Gus Fring from ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad’, but he’s been in over a hundred other things. Most recently, he has starred on Cinemax’s ‘Jett’, and appeared on Amazon Prime Video’s ‘The Boys’. He will pop up in Shudder’s upcoming horror anthology ‘Creepshow’, and Disney+’s ‘Stargirl’ (not to be confused with the DC Universe show of the same name) and co-star on EPIX’s ‘Godfather of Harlem’. But before most of those arrive, he will also put in an appearance on Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian’, the first-ever live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV series.
Because it’s ‘Star Wars’, almost everything about it is being kept secret, but Esposito did disclose:
“In a way, you might call him an underworld character. You may also look at him as a savior, as someone who might bring back some order to the world after it’s all collapsed.”
Esposito might be a highly recognized face from all of his appearances in various projects, but he may wind up unrecognizable on ‘The Mandalorian’. The show is being filmed at The Volume, which is kind of like a real-life Holodeck, where James Cameron films his ‘Avatar’ movies, and Robert Zemeckis makes his motion-capture projects like ‘The Polar Express’, ‘Beowolf’, and ‘A Christmas Carol’.
“It could suggest that [my character isn’t human]. We are working in The Volume. It’s a very specific atmosphere and quite fascinating to work in. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but that does suggest I might have a different persona. Who knows?”
However, Esposito confessed that he has not seen the finished product yet, so even he doesn’t know what his character will ultimately look like.
Before ‘The Mandalorian’ (or Disney+, for that matter) arrives, series creator/director Jon Favreau will appear at the D23 Expo for one final promotional push. Expect more news when that happens from August 23-25.
How does ‘The Mandalorian’ appear to be shaping up?