Star Wars Series "The Mandalorian" Casts Pedro Pascal In Starring Role

Presley Ann  Patrick Mc Mullan via Getty Images Lucasfilm

Presley Ann Patrick Mc Mullan via Getty Images Lucasfilm

Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to play the lead in The Mandalorian, Disney's new Star Wars spin-off series to stream on Disney+ next year, Variety reported Tuesday.

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. Pascal, known mostly for his work on Game of Thrones, was rumored to play the part weeks ago by sites like MakingStarWars.net, but this is the first confirmation.

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Carano made a name for herself as an MMA fighter, with her intense physicality ultimately landing her the lead role in Steven Soderbergh's thriller Haywire.

There's no word on who Carano will be playing but it certainly appears she will have a major role in the series following the casting news about Pascal on Tuesday.

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And this isn't the only Star Wars offshoot coming to Disney's streaming service: Lucasfilm is also developing a Rogue One prequel series that will center on Cassian Andor, Diego Luna's character from the 2016 film. The Mandalorian will focus on a lone bounty hunter that is keeping out of the reach of the New Republic that was set up after the events in Return of the Jedi. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) is writing and executive producing, and he's recruited a stellar group of directors to tackle the individual episodes: Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). From there, Carano then joined the Fast and Furious franchise with Furious 6 and also starred in Deadpool.

The Mandalorian is slated to premiere with Disney+ when the service debuts sometime in late 2019.

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