Production has been underway for weeks on Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian and there have been plenty of casting rumors making the rounds online.
A new one is coming from MakingStarWars and DiscussingFilm that veteran character actor Carl Weathers has landed a role in The Mandalorian. Carl is best known for his role in the Rocky and Predator franchises. We’ll consider this a rumor until the studio confirms this, as previous casting rumblings have yet to be confirmed.
However, Weathers would make an excellent addition to the Star Wars Universe.
Lucasfilm confirmed that the directors on the series will include Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, Rick Famyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi.
Here is the official press release that the studio released last month when production began in California.
Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! 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. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
The Mandalorian is expected to be ready for the Disney+ launch in the fall of 2019.
This won’t be the only live-action Star Wars series on the streaming service as it was just announced by Disney’s Bob Iger and Lucasfilm that Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would also be getting his own prequel spy series as well.
SOURCE: MAKING STAR WARS/DISCUSSING FILM