Recently, there have been quite a few rumors that The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal was quitting the Disney+ series, but it seems as though those Pascal will be keeping the bounty hunter’s armor on for the foreseeable future.
The rumor began with a video from YouTuber Grace Randolph, who stated that Pedro Pascal was upset he was never able to show his face on the show, and even claimed that he had become difficult on the set. Some of the other rumors claimed that Pascal quit halfway through Season Two, leaving the show to focus on stories outside of the eponymous Mandalorian. Many other YouTube commenters supported Randolph’s claims, which turned out to be unsubstantiated, likely just jumping on to a potential exclusive. Apparently, if there was any conflict on the set of The Mandalorian, the problem must have been taken care of, because apparently, fans had no reason to worry that Pascal would be leaving the series.
In a tweet by LucasFilm creative art manager Phil Szostak, there’s a hint that these Pedro Pascal rumors are completely unfounded. In the tweet from September 19, 2020, Szostak posts a picture of a nameplate for his desk made by The Mandalorian production art department. The tweet states, “From the Lucasfilm art department’s #TheMandalorian Season 2 set visit in mid-February, the last of many months of shooting. Poked around the incredible Stagecraft LED volume, where I got to give the titular Mando himself, Pedro Pascal, a ‘hey there’ on the way out.”
If Szostak visited the set in the last month of filming, and he saw Pedro Pascal while there, the rumors that Pascal quit halfway through shooting make no sense.
Even if Pedro Pascal did want to theoretically quit performing as The Mandalorian, he could easily play the character through voice-over, allowing someone else to play him in scenes. To be fair, it is kind of surprising an actor of the caliber of Pascal is actually under the helmet of a character who is supposed to never take off the helmet. It’s not like James Earl Jones was in the Darth Vader costume.
Even without the Pedro Pascal quitting rumor, season Two of The Mandalorian has had its fair share of rumors and reveals before the season drops next month. Back in March, Variety reported that Rosario Dawson would play Ahsoka Tano from Clone Wars in the upcoming season. The Hollywood Reporter also recently stated that Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones would be playing Boba Fett in Season Two, despite the fact that Boba is currently digesting in a Sarlacc pit. Another report from The Hollywood Reporter stated that Justified star Timothy Olyphant will be joining the cast, and rumors have also hinted that Olyphant will appear in Boba Fett’s armor.
The eight-episode second season of The Mandalorian will primarily be written by Jon Favreau, although the season will include episodes written by Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa. In addition to bringing back Pedro Pascal under the armor, season Two will also bring new directors to the series, including Peyton Reed (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Robert Rodriguez (Desperado), and Carl Weathers, who also appears on the show as Greef Karga.
Season Two will return on October 30, 2020, with a new episode dropping every week until December 18, 2020, so we will soon see how many of these Pedro Pascal rumors turned out to be true.