'Star Wars': Pedro Pascal Cast As Lead In 'The Mandalorian'

'Star Wars': Pedro Pascal Cast As Lead In 'The Mandalorian'

It'd been rumored for a few months (courtesy of the Carl Weathers enthusiasts at "Making Star Wars") but now it's official: Narcos and Game of Thrones player Pedro Pascal is going to be the lead of Jon Favreau's Star Wars series, The Mandalorian on Disney+.

At this time, Disney has not said when this Star Wars TV series will go live, but it seems casting is underway.

Pascal is well-known for his breakout roles in HBO's Game of Thrones and Netflix's Narcos. He has since been building a strong film resume with performances in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", "The Equalizer 2", and the upcoming "If Beale Street Could Talk". Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.

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The Mandalorian does not yet have a release date but the Disney direct-to-consumer platform will launch in late 2019. Other installments will be directed by Jessica Jones' Deborah Chow, Dope's Rick Famuyiwa, Jurassic World actress-turned-director Bryce Dallas Howard, and Thor: Ragnarok's director-actor Taika Waititi. The show will be a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, following the story of Diego Luna's character Cassian Andor.

While Favreau wrote and is executive producing The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm animation trailblazer Dave Filoni, who oversaw The Clone Wars and Rebels shows, will direct the first episode. "We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy from the authority of the New Republic". There is now no timetable for either series' release, but Disney+ is expected to launch sometime in 2019.