Pedro Pascal is the latest name attached to one of Disney's planned 'Star Wars' television series. According to Variety, the actor best known for his turn as Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones will play the lead in the upcoming series The Mandalorian.
It seems like Disney is bringing back some of the dusty, run-down frontier vibes of the original trilogy in their latest outing. The Manadalorian will take place in the far reaches of the Galaxy, documenting the tales of a gunfighter well outside the reach of the New Republic's authority. It will take place between the end of the original trilogy and the rise of the newer movies' big bads in the First Order.
Plenty of big names seemingly jumped at the chance to be part of the Star Wars universe. Beyond Pascal, the series has recruited the sort of big names you might expect for a Disney-backed venture into one of the world's most recognizable franchises. The Mandalorian was written by Jon Favreau and will run through a murderer's row of directors including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa.
Taken altogether, it's clear that Disney is making a positive effort to show that the galaxy Star Wars inhabits isn't as lily white as the first six movies might have suggested. More and more leads in the expanded universe and new movies have gone to a diverse cast of actors. The news of Pascal's casting comes just days after Mexican-American hearthrob Diego Luna was confirmed for a Rogue One prequel series on Disney's new streaming service.