We may have our first actor attached to The Mandalorian! According to Variety, actor Pedro Pascal will be joining showrunner Jon Favreau on the new live action series from Lucasfilm and Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. And not only join but lead the series! We could have our Mandalorian!

While no details have emerged, the site claims that Pascal had been on short list for the lead role. Their sources say that the Game of Thrones actor had been offered the lead and is currently in negotiations. The series plot will focus on a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. It’s set after the fall of the Empire, before the emergence of The First Order and during the reign of the New Republic.

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Production on the series is currently underway with Favreau sharing  a couple pictures from the set. Heck, even the maker himself, George Lucas, visited the set. So it seems a bit late for the series to finally be casting the lead but hey – better late than never! The series won’t be the only Star Wars live-action show on the streaming service. Announced recently, a Cassian Andor prequel series will be coming as well. We can expect to see a lot more Star Wars TV soon. 

If this news is true, I’m pretty excited. I like Pedro as an actor and think he makes a great choice for the lead of the series. It’s also a win for more diversity in Star Wars properties. That being said, I’m admittedly disappointed it’s not a woman. The live-action department is still missing a lot of female representation and this would’ve been a great opportunity. You can argue that the animated series has representation, especially from female Mandalorians, but it doesn’t feel like it’s enough. That being said, if it’s true – welcome to the galaxy far, far away, Pedro!

What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to Pedro Pascal starring or not? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars updates. The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ sometime in 2019. 



Erin Lynch