Variety reports that Lucasfilm and Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian has potentially found its lead under the helmet: According to sources, Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal has been offered the lead role and is currently in negotiations.
The news has not yet been confirmed by Lucasfilm, but Variety says that Pascal, perhaps best known as Oberyn Martell on HBO’s epic fantasy series, has moved from one of the rumored names to frontrunner. Entertainment Weekly also confirmed the news.
Favreau will write and executive-produce the series, which is set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The official summary:
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.
Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels) will direct the first episode, with future episodes helmed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates). The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney+, Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.