Star Wars' first live-action series just got even more star power. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated screen legend Nick Nolte has joined the cast of the The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars series heading to Disney's new streaming service, Disney+.
Nolte's role, like those of already-cast stars Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano, remains officially unknown, and THR's report notes that the show's heavy reliance on costume and visual effects allows the production to be more flexible with casting and scheduling than other series. Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the show will follow a lone gunslinger operating on the edges of the galaxy, outside the authority of the New Republic.
Written by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, and Lucasfilm animation veteran Dave Filoni (who is also directing), the series boasts both a serious production budget and a star-studded roster of directorial talent that also includes Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.
Nolte is a Hollywood veteran with a wide variety of roles to his name, including classic performances in comedies (48 Hrs.), dramas (The Thin Red Line), romances (The Prince of Tides) and more. He'll lend a lot of gruff charisma to the series, and he already has a little bit of history with Star Wars as one of the actors considered for Han Solo way back when, something comedian Patton Oswalt once turned into a now-classic stand-up bit.
The Mandalorian does not yet have an official release date, but Disney+ is expected to launch late next year. What do you think of Nolte's casting?