Unlike Gina Carano and her problematic online presence, her co-star on The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal, is a champion for the underrepresented. In February, he publicly supported his sister Lux coming out as trans. It’s worth noting that he has backed Carano as well, but he knows her personally and may know lots that we don’t. However, it sounds like Pascal does want to use his position to push for an increase in some specific areas of diversity.
Gossip writer Daniel Richtman brings word that The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal reportedly wants the popular Star Wars show to include stronger representation. The specifics of Richtman’s report are few, but they do include the detail that Pascal wants an LGBT actor or actress to appear in a more prominent role. This would be great for the series, especially given that certain branches of Disney and Lucasfilm want to increase their emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Keep in mind that at this point, this Pedro Pascal rumor is just that: a rumor.
The first season of The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ in November 2019, concluding that December and producing numbers that encouraged Disney to renew it for a blockbuster second season. That sophomore season hit Disney+ accounts on October 30, 2020, pulling viewers back into the Star Wars universe with startling effectiveness. Pedro Pascal is a big part of the show’s appeal, even if he rarely shows his face. The series is one of Disney+’s biggest and best successes, and with a third, probably Mandalore-focused season on the way, it will be exciting to see how an LGBT actor would further representation both in the Star Wars universe and in Hollywood as an industry.
If this ends up being true, it will be interesting to see what kind of character Lucasfilm will choose for an LGBT actor, but given the show’s amazing casting (seriously, Pedro Pascal is perfect as Mando) and Jon Favreau’s sure-handed direction, the decision will likely be in very good hands. I have faith that this will lead to people feeling empowered and important, and you really can’t put a price on that.
In a way, the Gina Carano fiasco kind of undercuts what Pedro Pascal is trying to do here. She seemed to mock trans people in her Twitter bio, and has repeatedly said and supported things that do not indicate a supportive perspective. Hopefully, Pascal’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will overpower Carano’s harmful actions on social media and preserve the integrity of a show that the power to do so much good.
Hopefully, whomever Disney and Lucasfilm end up casting shows up across the Mando-Verse and not just in one show. Only time will tell, and that is only if Richtman’s rumor turns out to be true! Until then, make sure you catch up on-or at least revisit- both seasons of The Mandalorian, and look for The Book of Boba Fett when it hits the streaming service later this year. Pedro Pascal is part of something truly special, and it will be awesome to see how it evolves to be even more welcoming and inclusive.