After months of waiting and rumors, StarWars.com has officially announced the cast of The Mandalorian. In addition to Pedro Pascal as the titular character and Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte—all of whom had been rumored and/or reported in the past—Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito, Supernatural's Emily Swallow, and American Gods' Omid Abtahi are joining the series.
A few thoughts:
A few thoughts:
- Their choice of Gina Carano, a former mixed martial artist, suggests her character's physicality is important. We've seen women in Star Wars kick ass before, but this is the first time we've had an actress who we already know can do it herself.
- Giancarlo Esposito's beloved, outstanding performance as Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul makes him one of the most exciting cast additions. If he's playing a villain again in The Mandalorian, he might just steal the show.
- Omid Abtahi is the first Middle-Eastern actor with a prominent role in Star Wars!
- Though the diversity of this cast is by no means terrible, the preference of White brunette actresses and lack of women of color is, as always, a disappointment. (The male-female ratio among the cast isn't spectacular either.)
- Usually the leads in Star Wars are in their 20s or early 30s, but this cast as a whole is noticeably older; the youngest member is Carano, who is 36, while Weathers, Herzog, and Nolte are all in their 70s. It suggests that this series is geared more for an older audience, and that we'll be dealing with characters who experienced the rise and fall of the Empire themselves, rather than fresh faces like Rey and Finn.
What do you think of this announcement? Which actor are you most excited to see in The Mandalorian? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.