DEA agent Javier Peña and Oberyn Martell is heading to the galaxy far, far away for Disney+. Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game of Thrones) has been asked to take on the lead role in Jon Favreau's upcoming live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, Variety reports.
Nothing is set in stone just yet, but negotiations are well under way. Pascal is an excellent choice for the show, as he's an actor with some serious genre chops. In addition to HBO's Game of Thrones, he starred in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the recent sci-fi film, Prospect. He'll also appear in 2020's Wonder Woman 1984 in a still-mysterious role that director Patty Jenkins teased over the summer.
Created by Favreau, The Mandalorian is set after Return of the Jedi, but before The Force Awakens. It will follow the stories of a singular gunslinger/outlaw, who operates outside the jurisdiction of the newly-established Republic. Like Jango and Boba Fett, this main character (presumably played by Pascal) is from the planet Mandalore, a world known for its warrior-focused people, armor, and weapons.
Dave Filoni (creator of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Resistance) is on board to direct the first episode of the debut season, but he's not the only talented creative personality attached to the project. Bryce Dallas Howard (Black Mirror), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), and more have been tapped to direct episodes.
Since production on the show has already kicked off, it is curious how they've been able to operate without a central protagonist. What do you make of this news? Let us know in the comments below!