Awww, Hell: Nick Nolte Just Joined The STAR WARS Universe

In which THE MANDALORIAN gains a very special cast member.

Here's a fun piece of news, via The Hollywood Reporter:

"Veteran actor Nick Nolte has joined the cast of The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series that will launch on Disney’s streaming Service, Disney+.

The known cast includes Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. The series is already in production and is heavy on visual effects, costumes and make-up, which will allow actors to come and go as well as, in some cases, be cast later in the production process than usual."

Yes, The Mandalorian gained a Nick Nolte today. Of course, this being a Star Wars project, we know absolutely nothing about who he'll be playing (or, indeed, if he'll even be appearing in human form), but who cares? It's great fun to imagine Nick Nolte parading around a Star Wars set, and that's really all that matters right now.

The whole thing calls to mind that old Patton Oswalt bit, the one which revolved around the little-known piece of trivia that Nick Nolte once auditioned to play Han Solo. You can see that (as delivered by an adorably young Patton!) below, starting at the 4:30 mark:

Anyway, for those who haven't been keeping up, here an overall synopsis for The Mandalorian, which - as noted above - will be a part of Disney's shiny new streaming service when it launches on (TBD, but word on the street suggests it'll be late next year): 

"After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic." 

What do you folks think? Excited to see Nick Nolte in a Star Wars project? Hyped that he'll be rubbing shoulders with Pascal and Carano? Got any predictions on what sort of character Nolte might be playing (hint: it's probably a surly/crusty type)? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on The Mandalorian as further updates become available.