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Twilight Saga Actress, Julia Jones, Set to Star in ‘The Mandalorian’

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Entertainment Weekly released exclusive new photos ofThe Mandalorian featuring previously unannounced actress, Julia Jones, for their Fall TV preview issue.

Julia Jones, who is known for her role as Leah Clearwater in the Twilight Saga franchise, is a welcome addition to the already wildly diverse cast. Julia Jones is both Chickasaw American Indian and African American.  While Star Wars has had a long history of having white leads, it’s refreshing to have Pedro Pascal and other Black, Hispanic and Asian actors lead this new era of the franchise.

During D23, Ming-Na Wen, was also announced to be part of the show, in a currently unknown role. Also set to appear in the series are Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) as Moff Gideon, Carl Weathers (Rocky) as Greef Carga, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi (who also directed an episode) as IG-11, as well as Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow (Supernatural), and comedian Bill Burr in unnamed roles.

We’re only two months away from the show actually dropping and casting announcements have been rolling out pretty slowly.  It’ll be interesting to see if there will be any big stars not announced until the show actually drops.

Star Wars legend 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 (Pete’s Dragon), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) will direct additional episodes.

Jon 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 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 Mandalorian premieres November 12 on Disney+.

Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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