11:02am PT by Aaron Couch, Lesley Goldberg
Pedro Pascal to Star in 'Star Wars' TV Series 'The Mandalorian'
Pedro Pascal is headed to the Star Wars universe.
Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is in negotiations to star in Jon Favreau's Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which is set to debut next year on Disney+.
Disney and reps for Pascal declined comment.
The Mandalorian takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before the villainous First Order rose to replace The Empire. Favreau has described it as following "the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic." The series has booked a number of high-profile directors, including Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Star Wars: The Clone Saga's Dave Filoni. Favreau executive produces with Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson and Filoni.
Disney is developing multiple Star Wars spinoff series for its streaming service, including one toplined by Rogue One star Diego Luna. Disney is positioning Disney+, which is set to launch next year, as a competitor to Netflix and will make it the exclusive home for Marvel films and series as well as Pixar and other Lucasfilm properties.
Pascal is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.