According to The Hollywood Reporter, which revealed the news, the new show will allow actors to “come and go,” while the nature of the show allows the producers to cast people later in production than normal. Nolte has been acting for decades; he’s been nominated for three Oscars, for the movies The Prince of Tides, Affliction, and Warrior.
The Mandalorian was written by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and individual episodes will be directed by established Hollywood and TV veterans like Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, among others.
Pascal, who starred on Game of Thrones and Narcos, will play the lead role in The Mandalorian. He’ll play a “lone gunfighter,” in a story set after Return of the Jedi.
“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,” reads the TV show’s official description.
The program will air on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. The service launches in 2019, but it’s unclear when the new Star Wars show may arrive. It is one of “several” Star Wars shows in development.