Rumor: Will we see someone familiar in The Mandalorian?

As with any new Star Wars project, there’s been plenty of speculation as to what existing characters we’re likely to see in The Mandalorian. We saw plenty of Mandalorians in The Clone Wars and Rebels, and with Dave Filoni on board the series, there’s a good size list of characters that could make an appearance. In their latest report, Making Star Wars has some evidence which might point to the involvement of an important animated character. And also the Avatar sequels are involved. Sort of.

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Confirmed: Pedro Pascal and the cast of The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian cast list is finally official: StarWars.com reveals that Pedro Pascal will lead the series as “a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte are also confirmed, and we’re hearing about Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), and Omid Abtahi (American Gods) for the first time.

The series is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau. Dave Filoni will be directing the first episode and serving as executive producer. It will debut on the streaming service Disney+, which launches next year.

Solo, Indiana Jones movies coming to Netflix in January

Solo: A Star Wars Story and all four Indiana Jones movies are among the new offerings coming to Netflix in January.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull drop on the first; Solo appears on January 9.

Meanwhile, Rogue One is leaving on January 18. It’s next stop is with the rest of the saga on TBS/TNT. It was, notably, the first Star Wars movie on (American) Netflix. Solo will be the last; Episode IX will debut on Disney+.

Mark Hamill on Episode IX’s script security

While on set for the Knights Templar drama Knightfall, Mark Hamill discusses Episode IX security with Entertainment Weekly:

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill said. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”

He reveals that he has done about a week of filming for the next Star Wars, and will head back between his Knightfall schedule. He also has a “very high profile” non-Star Wars voiceover project coming up that hasn’t been announced yet.

Knightfall season 2 doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but Episode IX will be out December 20, 2019.

New Star Wars Resistance shorts dropping through December

The Star Wars Resistance mid-season finale aired yesterday, but Lucasfilm and the Disney Channel will be dropping 12 new shorts on the channel’s Youtube beginning today. Three are up now: “The Search for Kaz”, “Dart and Cover”, and “Neeku’s Reward”.

Future installments will feature Torra, Tam, Flix & Orka, Hype, Neeku and the Aces. Head under the cut for stills and the videos.

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Shadow of Vader replacement series announced

The apparent replacement for the Chuck Wendig Shadow of Vader series has been announced: Vader: Dark Visions. Marvel fired Wendig in October for being “too vulgar, too political” on Twitter and canceled the book last month.

The new limited new series is written by Dennis Hopeless with art from Paolo Villanelli and Brian Level. The first issue is due in March.

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