Pedro Pascal to lead cast of 'Star Wars' series     

Pedro Pascal to lead cast of 'Star Wars' series     

LOS ANGELES - AFP
Pedro Pascal to lead cast of Star Wars series

"Narcos" and "Game of Thrones" star Pedro Pascal is to play the lead in upcoming "Star Wars" TV series "The Mandalorian," Disney said Dec. 13, as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction franchise.

Penned and produced by Marvel mainstay Jon Favreau, the live-action show will follow Pascal's lone gunfighter, making his way in the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire.

"We're having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we're up to," said Favreau, whose next big screen project will be Disney's "The Lion King (2019).

Pascal, 43, made his name as the dashing prince Oberyn Martell in "Game of Thrones," and cemented his stardom as drug cop Javier Pena in "Narcos."

The Texas-raised Chilean-American has since broken into the Hollywood mainstream via "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," "The Equalizer 2," and awards season darling "If Beale Street Could Talk."

Other actors announced for the series, set to debut on Disney's upcoming small screen streaming service,- include Gina Carano ("Deadpool"), Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad"), Nick Nolte ("Hulk") and acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog.

Directors of individual episodes will include "Thor: Ragnarok" helmer Taika Waititi, "Jurassic World" star Bryce Dallas Howard and Canadian filmmaker Deborah Chow ("Jessica Jones").

On top of "Mandalorian," Lucasfilm has announced plans for an Episode IX, two further trilogies by "Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, a Boba Fett origin story and a possible Obi Wan Kenobi spinoff.

Online reaction to the announcement of Pascal appeared positive, with fans praising Lucasfilm on Twitter for its "excellent choice" of cast.

"The Mandalorian" will air on Disney+, set to launch in the US in late 2019.

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