Giancarlo Esposito’s character in The Mandalorian could be a gangster, or a savior. With Disney getting set to debut their new streaming service Disney+, and thus needing loads of content to offer potential subscribers, the company is dipping into its Star Wars universe trove for a new series headed up by showrunner Jon Favreau. Set in the years after Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian follows the exploits of a lone gunfighter (Pedro Pascal) in the far outskirts of the galaxy where the long arm of the New Republic can’t reach.
In addition to Pascal as the titular gunfighter, a member of the same race as the iconic Boba Fett who sports the same style armor as everyone’s favorite mysterious bounty hunter, the show features an intriguing cast including Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Carl Weathers, Esposito and even legendary German film director and internet favorite Werner Herzog. Few details about the show’s characters have been revealed thus far, but with the series employing state-of-the-art technology that’s been compared to the Star Trek Holodeck, it’s safe to assume many of the show’s actors will be hidden behind digitally rendered exteriors.
One of those Mandalorian cast members, Esposito, addressed his own character during an appearance Saturday at a Television Critics Association panel for his new Epix series Godfather of Harlem. Naturally, Esposito was forced to give rather evasive answers when queried about his work on the Star Wars universe show, but he did offer up a nugget that suggests he could be playing a good guy who only seems like a bad guy. The actor said (via Slashfilm):
“In a way, you might call him an underworld character. You may also look at him as a savior, as someone who might bring back some order to the world after it’s all collapsed.”
Esposito also talked about the show’s Holodeck-like filming area The Volume, the same performance-capture space used by James Cameron’s Avatar, and suggested he could in fact be one of the show’s CGI characters. Esposito of course is best known for playing Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, a character who is outwardly pleasant but in fact is a completely cold-blooded and ruthlessly murderous man. The actor's remarks about “perhaps” being a savior suggest that he’s once again playing a rather ambiguous character, which would only be appropriate given his outstanding work portraying such a man in the Breaking Bad universe. Either way, he’ll be playing an “underworld” figure, which is in keeping with everything that’s been previously teased about the seedy outskirts-of-the-galaxy setting for the show, like in the Mandalorian footage that screened at Star Wars Celebration.
Thus far, The Mandalorian is shaping up to be a very intriguing show, and one that will no doubt entice a lot of Star Wars fans to subscribe to Disney+ when the service finally kicks off later this year. Of course, Star Wars fans can be very difficult to please at times, so it remains to be seen if those who do subscribe for The Mandalorian will be happy with the finished product when it arrives on November 12, 2019.