Werner Herzog Confirms He is Playing a Villain in THE MANDALORIAN

It was quite a surprise to learn that German filmmaker Werner Herzog was cast in Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

There haven’t been a lot of details on who he will be playing in the series, but I didn’t expect him to play a hero. He doesn’t come off as the hero type. Well, Herzog himself has revealed that he is indeed playing a villain. This isn’t the first time he’s played a villain. He also played one in Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher.

While talking with IndieWire, Herzog explained:

“Now this is not a secret anymore, a small part, real small part, in The Mandalorian, the Star Wars sequel or whatever you call it. I like to [act] because I know I’m good on screen, but only if I have to play a real villain.”

It’ll be interesting to see who exactly his character is in the story. It obviously won’t be a big role, but it was big enough for him to agree to be in the series!

Herzog joins Pedro Pascal (Narcos) who is playing “a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” The series also stars Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Nick Nolte (Affliction).

The plot of the show is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and here’s the synopsis:

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.

It was also previously revealed the story will follow a bounty hunter who is protecting a baby that he was initially sent to kill. You can read some more details regarding that here.

The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Favreau, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Additional directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).  

The Mandalorian, which will debut on Disney+ sometime in Fall 2019.

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