‘Rocky’ actor Carl Weathers, documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog, ‘Breaking Bad’ star Giancarlo Esposito, the larger than life actor Nick Nolte and rising actors Omid Abtahi (American Gods) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural) have all signed on the dotted line to round out the cast.
The series is set after the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
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Favreau will write, direct and executive produce the series for the Disney streaming service which launches late 2019. Disney is hoping the new service will rival the likes of Netflix. Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi have also been named as directors for the eight-episode series alongside Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Dave Filoni who will direct the first episode.
Running over ten episodes, the first season will reportedly have a combined budget of $100 million and premieres on Disney+ in late 2019.
Lucasfilm are also in development on a second ‘Star Wars’ live-action for the streaming service focusing on the adventures of the rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor.