Variety is reporting the rumors that Pedro Pascal, who has long been rumored to be lined up to play the titular role in Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian, are true. Pascal played the Red Viper on Game of Thrones and did an incredible Burt Reynolds impression in the Kingsman sequel. If true, this is quite the feather in his cap. Or helmet, in this case.
That's not the only bit of casting news to come from The Mandalorian either, though.
The Hollywood Reporter dropped information that suggests that Gina Carano will be joining the cast of the television show as well.
Carano played a heavy in the first Deadpool film, facing off against Colossus to no avail. She was also a pioneer in the world of MMA, which makes one wonder if this hypothetical part of hers is going to rely on the physical end of the spectrum, promising a lot of action for the television series.
It's important to remember that none of this has been officially confirmed. These spots of casting news may well turn out to be the real deal, but it's not confirmed until Disney or Lucasfilm announce it officially. Given their production history, there's no guarantee these things couldn't change, either. It would make sense to only make the announcements official after the point of no return.
The Mandalorian comes out at some point next year on Disney+, Disney's forthcoming streaming service.
BILLIE LOURD SAYS EPISODE IX IS MAGICAL
Bille Lourd, the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, has become a mainstay in Star Wars. In The Force Awakens, she took on the role of Lt. Connix, returned for The Last Jedi, and will be reprising that role in Episode IX.
"I gotta watch myself because the Star Wars PD is going to come get me, but it is incredible," she told ET. "I've read the script and I've been on set. I was on set for, like, three weeks back in September, and it is going to be magical."
Anticipation is clearly high for Episode IX and statements like this only grow the hype. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Episode IX hits theaters next December.
REY KILLED HER PARENTS?
There's a pretty popular fan theory going around about the idea that Rey killed her parents. It's worth looking at for the pure speculative value in it, but I wouldn't wager any money on it being the truth.
The idea goes that Rey used the Force to pull her parents' ship from the sky as they were dropping her off with Unkar Plutt and that she murdered them herself and this is the memory she's been blocking.
Somehow, I don't see J.J. Abrams going down that road but, like Yoda says, "Always in motion is the future."
SIMON PEGG MISSES GEORGE LUCAS
"I must admit," Simon Pegg confessed recently on the Adam Buxton Podcast, "watching the last Star Wars film, the overriding feeling I got when I came out was, 'I miss George Lucas.' For all the complaining that I'd done about him in the prequels, there was something amazing about his imagination. I do feel like his voice is missing from the current ones."
Pegg's relationship has been a complicated one with Star Wars. He starred as Unkar Plutt in the 2015 installment, The Force Awakens. He is also the animated voice of the infamous bounty hunter Dengar.
This statement from him might be surprising to some fans that have found his brand of vitriol against the prequels and those that love the prequels to be a turn-off.
ACROSS THE STARS
German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is releasing a new album soon entitled Across the Stars. This album features a number of John Williams melodies in new arrangements specifically for her.
She did a live performance of this new version of Across the Stars, which is arguably one of the greatest pieces of Star Wars music ever composed, and it's nothing short of wonderful. That's what I'd like to leave you with this week.
Give it a listen.
Until next week, May the Force Be With You!