Earlier reports that The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal may possibly be moving on from the hit series now seem to be overblown if we are to believe what insider Daniel Richtman reported on his Patreon page.
Richtman, who has shown the propensity to toss out many a solid rumor, now states that “Pedro [Pascal] signed [a] huge deal to be in multiple projects as Mando.” This, more than anything coming from Pascal’s camp (and if true) represents a major shift for the actor who just recently signed a “first position” deal with HBO when he took on the coveted lead role as Joel in TV series adaptation of the megahit video game series The Last of Us. Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey has grabbed the other coveted role as Ellie.
What “multiple projects” for Pedro Pascal equates to is anyone’s guess at the moment. With new series’ such as Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic, a possible Mando crossover with those two seems most likely. And it would also confirm an earlier Richtman report that “Lucasfilm [is] trying to lock Pedro down for a while, they are scared they may lose him if [The] Last of Us takes off.”
For those unaware of what a “first position” deal looks like, it means that The Last of Us will take precedence over anything else Pedro Pascal has in the hopper, including The Mandalorian. So, if The Mandalorian is in the middle of their shoot and The Last of Us needs Pascal to return for reshoots, then The Last of Us wins.
Over the years, one of the more well-known “first position” deals could have come into play when Chris Pratt signed on to be Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. He was also ending season five on the hit TV series Parks & Recreation. Guardians of the Galaxy filming would go on as a possible season six commenced for Parks & Recreation (though it hadn’t been renewed at the time) so technically, since Parks & Recreation was Pratt’s “first position”, Mike Schur (series showrunner) could have stopped Pratt from taking on the role as Star-Lord. Instead, though, the showrunner let Pratt accept the tremendous opportunity at a big Marvel movie and work around his schedule to make it happen for the star. This is why the season six premiere had a London flavor to it, Pratt was in England shooting Guardians at the time. It is also the reason why the following few Parks & Recreation episodes were sans Pratt.
The reported signing of Pedro Pascal to a bigger Disney deal should also put Pascal’s supposed unhappiness with The Mandalorian to rest. There had been constant rumors that Pascal was unhappy with the lack of face time he was receiving on the series which, frankly, would be hard to understand since he should have known what a Mandalorian is and how they never take off their helmets. Be that as it may, Pascal finally cleared the air himself late last year when during an interview he was presented with the question about Pascal wanting his helmet off more in future episodes. After a surprised look on his face, Pascal shared, “It’s a really wonderful way of telling a story. It’s always been a very clear creed for the character. The collaborative process of the whole thing… We’ve all been on the same page with this… What I want is for them to make the best show possible, however they get that done.” The entire clip can be seen below via Aaron Corr.
So, how would Pedro Pascal’s involvement look for both series? It is known that Jon Favreau will first shoot The Book of Boba Fett and have it wrapped before moving on to season three of The Mandalorian. The Last of Us does not yet have a production start date so it is possible the two wouldn’t overlap or have minimal overlap. Of course, with as much as Pascal is under the helmet, and we know from past reports that a lot of that was left up to Pascal’s stunt people while Pascal simply provided voice over for Din Djarin, the move between The Last of Us and The Mandalorian could very well be seamless. Either way, Pedro Pascal looks to be having his cake and eat it too. He has leveraged himself for more Mando while grabbing another high-profile role, all this while coming off the huge feature film Wonder Woman 1984. Keep rockin’, Pedro.