Nick Nolte joins cast of The Mandalorian
Deadline has brought word that Oscar-nominated actor Nick Nolte (Warrior) has signed on to star in one of the two Star Wars series being developed for Disney+, The Mandalorian, joining Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and Gina Carano (Deadpool).
Four decades ago Nolte was actually one of several actors (also including Christopher Walken, Glynn Turman and Kurt Russell) considered to play Han Solo in the original 1977 Star Wars, which inspired a memorable comedy bit by Patton Oswalt.
Jon Favreau penned the series, and the directors for the show that have been officially announced include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) who will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
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.
The 10-episode first season will reportedly have a combined budget of $100 million, making each episode worth $10 million. It has also been announced that Disney is currently developing multiple limited series featuring characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for their upcoming streaming service.
The Mandalorian does not yet have a release date but the Disney direct-to-consumer platform will launch in late 2019.