What a time to be a Star Wars fan.
Sure, The Rise Of Skywalker was the absolute low point of the entire franchise (and yes, I'm including the Prequels in that calculation) but the future is positively brimming with potential. Films are in the development from the likes of Rian Johnson and recent Oscar winner Taika Waititi, but that's a ways off. In the more immediate future, The Mandalorian will drop its second season on Disney+ this October, and the casting news has been coming fast and furious for the past few weeks.
The Hollywood Reporter is Hollywood reporting that Timothy Olyphant is the latest to saddle up and head to the Outer Rim. The Madalorian has got big western-in-space energy, so enlisting the star of Justified and Deadwood is a huge get. No word yet on who Olyphant will be playing, but the smart money is on some form of intergalactic lawman.
Olyphant will join Rosario Dawson who is reportedly playing fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano, the former apprentice to Anakin Skywalker. This is a Very Big Deal, as the character has, up till now, only ever appeared in animated form and to say she is beloved by a major subset of Star Wars fans would be putting it mildly.
Sci-fi stalwarts Michael Biehn and Katee Sackhoff are also onboard, with Sackhoff likely playing Bo-Katan Kryze, another animated character who she previously voiced. Last but not least, Temuera Morrison is also coming back to the Star Wars fold. Morrison played Django Fett way back in Episode II, so the assumption here is that he'll be playing a post-Sarlacc pit Boba Fett, though there's also the possibility that he could be playing Captain Rex or any number of the other former clone troopers, as they're all technically clones of the same dude.
Mandalorian showrunner Dave Filoni looks to be to drawing heavily from his previous work in the animated wing of the Star Wars universe, so now is a great time to check out the likes of Clone Wars and Rebels. Both are currently streaming on Disney+.
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