We know Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) has helmed an episode of the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. However, Waititi’s involvement on the series is so much bigger than anticipated.
Showrunner Jon Favreau has shared a behind-the-scenes image on his Instagram featuring Waititi recording his voice for a part. At the same time, droid bounty hunter IG-88 is visible on the screen in front of him.
The post does not confirm who the director will be voicing, but it is leading us all to believe that he could be voicing IG-88. IG-88 is a rogue assassin droid and one of the most lethal bounty hunters in the galaxy but hasn’t had a voice in any of the live-action stories so far.
The Mandalorian, which is focused around Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal as a lone gunfighter operating beyond the reach of the New Republic.
Rounding out the cast is Hollywood legend Nick Nolte, MMA star-turned-actress Gina Carano, Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito, iconic German director and actor Werner Herzog, and Supernatural‘s Emily Swallow, all in undisclosed roles.
Dave Filoni, who has worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, will direct the first episode of the series. Bryce Dallas Howard, Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) will direct additional episodes.
Favreau is also executive producing the show, along with Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
Check out the official synopsis for The Mandalorian below:
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Warsuniverse. 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 Mandalorian will exclusively premiere sometime in 2019 on Disney+.