Star Wars' The Mandalorian Has Found Its Main Star

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Star Wars' streaming series The Mandalorian may still be unable to find its missing equipment, but it appears as though the show has found a star to lead the upcoming adventure. It's being reported that Game of Thrones and Narcos veteran Pedro Pascal has been cast as the lead character in the live-action show, which is set to air on Disney+ sometime after the streaming service is made available (vague, but accurate).

Pedro Pascal's official role is presently unknown, mainly because the casting announcement has not been made official at this time. Variety reported Pascal has been offered the role. Negotiations are underway and if he gives the thumbs up, it appears he would be front and center as the lead. Although unofficial, one may presume Pascal will be playing the series' title character, who is a lone gunfighter who travels the outer rim of the Star Wars universe.

It's a safe bet to make, especially considering Jon Favreau's plot tease didn't reveal any other characters so far. Then again, this could be a case where Pascal plays a character who isn't the gunslinger, and the hero's story could be told through the eyes of another character. Until an official casting confirmation is announced, we're left to speculate. Pedro Pascal's name was in the mix in a rumored breakdown of casting choices to star earlier this year.

What is known is that if negotiations go through, Pedro Pascal's character will be seen in the time period between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. It's a time period the Star Wars universe has only just started to touch on, with books and the animated adventure Star Wars Resistance set around the same time period.

Pedro Pascal's presumed role in The Mandalorian is a big get for the Chilean born actor, although he has had a string of sizable roles on television and streaming over the past few years. Narcos fans will remember him as Javier Pena, although many more Game of Thrones viewers will recognize him from there. Pascal played Oberyn Martell, who ended up dying in one of the most gruesome scenes the HBO series has shown to date.

Pedro Pascal is supposedly the latest big name to join The Mandalorian, as lots of A-List talent has been teased for the Disney+ program. Beyond executive producer Jon Favreau, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dave Filoni, and others are set to contribute to the project behind the camera. The live-action Star Wars program was the first announced for Disney+ and will eventually be joined by a second one starring Rogue One star Diego Luna.

As mentioned, The Mandalorian is expected to arrive on Disney+ sometime after its launch. For a look at what else is coming to television well before that, be sure to visit and bookmark our handy fall premiere guide.

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