As Lucasfilm prepares to expand the galaxy far, far away into the realm of live-action television with The Mandalorian, actor Pedro Pascal has been speaking to Disney’s 23 magazine about his role as the titular bounty hunter, with the Game of Thrones and Narcos actor revealing that he initially thought he’d nabbed the role of Boba Fett.
“I wanted to meet Jon Favreau,” said Pascal. “I didn’t care what he wanted me to do. So we met in Jon’s office, which was covered with story illustrations from this show – and I noticed the Mandalorian, a Boba-Fett looking character, immediately. I thought to myself, ‘Oh, it’s amazing that they are finally gonna get into this character.’”
“Jon talked about the story, visuals and tone,” he continued. “I thought it was amazing and finally asked, ‘Well, who am I?’ I’m pointing to different characters, creatures, and aliens in the concept art, and Jon just looked at me and said, ‘You’re the Mandalorian.’ “I was like, ‘WHAT? I get to play Boba Fett?’ He said, ‘No, he’s not Boba Fett. He’s the Mandalorian.’ I couldn’t have imagined a better moment.”
There has been some speculation/confusion about The Mandalorian and whether it may in fact be a Boba Fett series, but Pascal’s comments appear to put that beyond any doubt. Favreau meanwhile has stated on several occasions that the Mandalorian is an entirely new character, and that Boba Fett won’t be making any kind of appearance in the show.
The Mandalorian sees Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) leading a cast that includes Gina Carano (Deadpool), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Nick Nolte (Afflication), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man). It is set to premiere on Disney+ on November 12th 2019.