Jon Favreau has found his Mandalorian.
Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to join the upcoming “Star Wars” TV show titled “The Mandalorian,” an insider with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.
The “Game of Thrones” actor would become the first cast member to join the series, which will air on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Disney and reps for Pascal did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The series, which is set in between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens,” follows a Boba Fett-like character, described as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…” In “Star Wars” lore, Mandalorians made the iconic armor that bounty hunter Boba Fett, and his “father” Jango Fett (he was technically an unaltered clone of Jango) wore in the films.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow will direct episodes of the series, with Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) helming the first episode.
The series, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, will air on Disney+, the streaming service that is expected to launch toward the end of 2019. Disney also announced last week that a “Rogue One” prequel TV series starring Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor is being developed as well.
Disney announced in March that the “Iron Man” and “Lion King” director would write and executive produce a live-action “Star Wars” TV show, the first live-action show set in a galaxy far, far away. It will be executive produced by Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
Favreau has previously voiced roles in the animated TV show “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and a CGI-character in LucasFilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
Disney and Favreau have a decade worth of successful history together. The “Swingers” and “Made” star helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe as director of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” He is also an executive producer of the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” films for Marvel Studios. Favreau directed and produced “The Jungle Book” for Disney and is currently in production on “The Lion King.”