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'The Mandalorian' will explore dangerous territory for 'Star Wars' diehards

Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times on

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"The Mandalorian" cast includes Gina Carano, who plays an ex-Rebel shock trooper named Cara Dune, as well as Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, the leader of the bounty hunter guild that puts Pascal's Mando in contact with a mysterious high-paying client (played by Werner Herzog).

Carano, whose first day on set involved hopping on a blurrg, explained that director Bryce Dallas Howard had a lot of input on Cara's costume.

"You don't (often) get people that pay that close attention to how I'm going to feel in (costume)," said Carano of Howard's attention to detail. "How I feel affects my character, you know, so when I put (the armor) on, I feel like I still have my feminine figure and I still could run a person over like a Mack truck."

Howard is one of the few women to direct a live-action "Star Wars" project (the first was Victoria Mahoney, the second unit director on "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"). In addition to Howard and Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Taika Waititi were directors on the eight-episode first season.

For Pascal, what sets "The Mandalorian" apart from the rest of "Star Wars" is its moral ambiguity.

 

"With the previous 'Star Wars' experiences, I think that the worlds of good and evil are so defined," said Pascal. "This is a new territory in a world that is so familiar to us. These lines of good and bad are much harder to define. It's a much more dangerous territory."

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