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Star Wars Weekly: The Mandalorian gets some surprise casting news and the Falcon arrives

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Dec 14, 2018

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

THE MANDALORIAN CAST

Though there’s been a lot of speculation in the trades, Star Wars has officially confirmed the cast of The Mandalorian and it had more than a couple of surprises.

One thing that was no surprise was that Pedro Pascal was announced as the titular Mandalorian. Perhaps the most shocking addition might be the inclusion of German film director Werner Herzog. Herzog is no stranger to acting parts, as he's taken roles in the past ranging from Parks and Recreation and Rick and Morty all the way to action films like Jack Reacher, but he’s definitely more well known for his seminal work as a filmmaker. Who could he be playing? That’s anyone’s guess, but his participation certainly raises a lot of interest.

It’s also really great to see a mix of diversity in the cast, which includes Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Gina Carano, and Emily Swallow.

The token old white dude, aside from Herzog, appears to be veteran actor Nick Nolte, whose casting also came as a bit of a shock.

Aside from Pedro Pascal, there’s really no idea who could be playing what. Could they all be CG characters? Or are they aliens? Are they all human? Anything is possible and we won’t learn more until we get closer to the release.

One thing we do know for sure, though, is that Pedro Pascal and Dave Filoni got along well enough that Filoni gave him some art from the set:

The Mandalorian is expected to hit Disney+ in 2019.

RESISTANCE SHORTS

With Star Wars Resistance on hiatus for the mid-season break, Disney and Lucasfilm saw fit to provide us with a series of short films to help tide us over.

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You can catch them on Disney's YouTube channel now and they’ll be releasing throughout the break.

THE FALCON ON BATUU

We got our first look at the Millennium Falcon at Galaxy’s Edge in the Disney theme parks.

This image was dropped on social media outlets and although the park is still under construction, you can see the scaffolding in the picture and everything, it looks like it could be a frame right out of a Star Wars film.

The park opens in both California and Florida next year and everyone will be heading there. In fact, there's an estimate that as many as 200,000 people will be trying to head there at once.

MARK HAMILL AND THE STAR WARS CIA

Mark Hamill offered a rare glimpse into his schedule for Episode IX and the secrecy that goes into a film of this magnitude. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Hamill explained that there is a person who watches him read the pages of the script and takes it away as soon as he’s done. “Nowadays,” he said, “it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA. They’re going to send rewrites over to Prague on this dark red paper that gives you a headache to read.”

That stands in stark contrast to stories he tells about how no one really cared who read the script for the original Star Wars and how he passed it around to his friends before the movie had been released and it was never any big deal.

Perhaps the biggest news in that interview, though, is buried at the bottom: Hamill revealed he's already shot about a week on Episode IX and will do a little bit more in-between shooting for his new series Knightfall.

You can read the full article from EW here.

Episode IX is scheduled to hit cinemas on December 20, 2019.

SOLO ON NETFLIX

Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story will be hitting Netflix on January 9, 2019.

That’s just a few weeks away.

I imagine there are a lot of people who are going to watch Solo on Netflix when it comes out and feel awful sheepish (nerfish?) that they didn’t catch it in theaters. It’s a great movie and it’s exciting to see it more accessible to people who might have missed it.

THE VFX OF THE KESSEL RUN

We’ll end this week on a reel about the visual effects behind the Kessel Run in Solo. This comes to us courtesy from ILM themselves.

Until next week, May the Force Be With You!


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