How ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Pedro Pascal Got the Part Without Even Trying

Jon Favreau is the creator and showrunner behind Disney +’s new series The Mandalorian

Fans and enthusiasts of Star Wars have been enjoying watching the show that explores the origin and roots of the First Order and what happened when the Galactic Empire had fallen.

The Mandalorian tells the story of a bounty hunter looking to escape the authority of the New Republic. The first and second seasons of The Mandalorian was such a success that Disney+ has already confirmed a third season of the popular and imaginative series.

Take a closer look at the talented actors and actresses behind the Star Wars-inspired production and find how Pedro Pascal landed his part in The Mandalorian without even trying. 

A closer look at the talented cast of ‘The Mandalorian’ 

Pedro Pascal
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When The Mandalorian first premiered in 2019, many fans and viewers were thrilled with the cast selection.

Giancarlo Esposito is the experienced actor who was cast as Moff Gideon, the former leader of the Galactic Empire. In the award-winning Disney+ series, Carl Weather is seen on screen as Greef Karga, a character known for leading the Bounty Hunters’ Guild. For the past two seasons audiences have enjoyed watching Gina Carano as Cara Dune, but, unfortunately, as PBS shared, due to one of Carano’s controversial social media posts, the star was fired from the production. 

However, of course, the show would not be complete without The Mandalorian. Pedro Pascal is the remarkable actor who has been taking on this role. Pascal’s performances have resulted in a lot of positive attention and praise, but take a look back at where it all began for the star and how he managed to land one of the most iconic roles on The Mandalorian

Pedro Pascal’s journey in the spotlight

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IMDb is one of the many sources to recap Pascal’s unique and interesting life. Born in Chile, Pascal’s parents moved him and his sister to America at a young age.

In his interview with Variety he shared how his family would often go to the movies as a way to learn about the American culture. Pascal’s acting career took off in the 1990s, and he began appearing in television shows like Good vs Evil and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 2009 the ambitious actor landed a recurring role on The Good Wife.

The star is typically associated with his character Oberyn Martell from HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, more recently, Pascal is being recognized for his performances in The Mandalorian

How Pedro Pascal got his part on ‘The Mandalorian’ without even trying 

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Pascal was caught off guard when he was offered the role of The Mandalorian.

Patty Jenkins, a famous director best known for Wonder Woman 1984, was one of the people vouching for the charming actor. In his interview with Variety Pascal explained, “It was a f—ing offer,” Pascal says in an incredulous whisper. “I wasn’t really grasping that Patty wanted to talk to me about a part that I was going to play, not a part that I needed to get. I wasn’t able to totally accept that.”

Jenkins had remembered Pascal from a pilot a few years back, and clearly Pascal made an impression. 

Favreau, the showrunner of The Mandalorian, was also gunning for Pascal’s presence on the series. Ultimately, this was part of what led to Pascal landing the legendary role without really having to try at all.