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+.
Details on the show are still hazy, but according to Variety, Pascal will play:
"...a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."
Pascal's stock continues to rise as of late, as he also played a rather sizable role in Denzel's last action hit, The Equalizer 2, is in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, and has a role in Wonder Woman 1984. He was also in the sci-fi indie Prospect at SXSW this year, which I sort of hated but everyone else liked (so whatever). Remember The Great Wall? I don't, but he was in that shit, too.
With production ramping up on The Mandalorian in the next few weeks, we should be getting a few more of these casting announcements, so gear up. Star Wars will contine on forever, it seems, as Diego Luna was also just cast in the upcoming Rogue One prequel series for the streaming platform. The Mandalorian is set to premiere in 2019.
Stay tuned, Storm Troopers...