Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, is filling out the cast for the upcoming Star Wars live-action series “The Mandalorian”. Multiple outlets have now confirmed that Gina Carano has joined the cast of the new series, which was written by, and is being Executive Produced by, longtime Star Wars fan Jon Favreau. Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) is directing the first episode of the series, and Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow will direct follow-up episodes.
No one knows the role that Carano will be playing in the upcoming show, or when the series is actually going to launch, but it has been interesting to watch Disney fill out the cast-sheet this week. Carano is best known for her work in “Deadpool” and the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
The story is set between “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”. The end of this time-period is also when the “Star Wars Aftermath” novels took place. Parts of those novels even go back as far as the Battle on Endor and details the events leading right up to the introduction of Jakku in “The Force Awakens”. Most of the novel is about the imploding Empire and the setup for the First Order. If you haven’t read the three novels yet, it’s actually canon now, the audiobooks are fantastic and can be found here on Amazon. By the time I got to third book, two characters had become permanent favorites of mine, but no spoilers.
Star Wars fans will need to subscribe to Disney+ to watch the new series, but that hasn’t launched yet. The new service is expected to go live in 2019.
Earlier this week it was reported that Diego Luna will be taking up the leading role in “The Mandalorian” series but Disney has not made a confirmation at this time. The studio did confirm that there will be a prequel series to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which will feature Cassian Andor, once again by played by Diego Luna who played him in the film.