Star Wars' The Mandalorian Just Cast A Big Action Star In A Mystery Role

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The Mandalorian is, apparently, finding more and more names to fill out its roster as rumors have surfaced of another supposed casting for the series. It's been reported the Disney+ series has just found a big action star who will likely bring some fierce hand-to-hand combat and ass-kicking to the adventure. Former MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano has joined the cast, and will hopefully let some fists fly in a galaxy far far away.

As was the case with Pedro Pascal's alleged casting prior, the casting is officially unconfirmed. The Wrap reported Gina Carano has been added to the roster, however, and will play an unknown role in The Mandalorian. As of now, Pascal is presumed to be playing the show's title character.

Gina Carano's role in The Mandalorian may be unknown, but the type of characters she's known to portray are not. Carano has shouldered physically demanding roles in many action films, with her resume listing key roles in flicks like Haywire and Deadpool. Her television credits aren't as numerous, although she did play a combat android in Fox's short-lived science fiction series Almost Human, and portrayed Crush on the 2008 reboot of American Gladiators.

Gina Carano's acting career was preceded by her solid background in MMA. Carano was a fighter for EliteXC, and was the first woman, alongside Cris Cyborg, to ever headline a main event for Strikeforce. Her MMA and action series background makes it seem as though she'll be an asset for The Mandalorian's lone gunman, or a deadly enemy he doesn't want to cross.

Star Wars fans, unless they happen to be the person responsible for that on-set theft of equipment that may contain sensitive information, are left to speculate. As of now, the only thing officially known about the series beyond what's been mentioned is that it's set somewhere along the Outer Rim territories, and takes place between the end of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Gina Carano's alleged casting adds her name to a lineup of who's who in The Mandalorian, although all confirmed big names attached so far are working behind the camera. Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, and others are lending a hand to executive producer Jon Favreau in the Disney+ project. The Mandalorian is the first of two presently announced live-action Star Wars shows, with the other being a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna's Cassian Andor.

The Mandalorian is still in development, but will air on Disney+ sometime after the streaming service launches in 2019. Lots of stuff will be headed to television in the meantime, so be sure to stay on top of all things coming and going with our fall and midseason premiere guide.

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