Lucasfilm officially announced the cast of The Mandalorian today!
As was previously reported, Pedro Pascal has been cast as the Mandalorian, the character described in releases as a lone gunfighter in the far reaches of the galaxy. The rest of the cast is comprised of many names rumored or reported to be tied to the project, as well as a few new ones. The cast list includes Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte.
In a statement released by Lucasfilm, executive producer Jon 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.”
Filming has long been underway, as Lucasfilm announced back at the beginning of October that production was underway. It seems that many of these cast members, at least, have been cast long before and likely have already been involved with the production, though given the style and format of the show it’s entirely likely that newer additions can fit right in.
The release also confirms that Disney+ is set to release in the U.S. in late 2019, and it seems implied that The Mandalorian will also be coming around that time. That would be awfully close to the release of Episode IX, and I’m sure that Lucasfilm won’t want to take the focus away from that too much, but having The Mandalorian on the platform at or near launch could be a selling point for Disney.
I’m super excited about this show, and given the list of executive producers, directors, and now cast that are tied to this show, plus all the crew that we’ve heard about, there are plenty of reasons to be super pumped and have high expectations. This will be the first ever live-action Star Wars show, and from the sounds of it, it has a terrific cast and crew.