Werner Herzog Teases Villainous Role in ‘The Mandalorian’

     March 26, 2019


Now, when you heard the great Werner Herzog was playing a role in Lucasfilm’s upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, you probably had a pretty good idea of what you were in for — probably not the heroic lead. The celebrated filmmaker and king of gold medal interview quotes has leaned into fun acting roles in recent years, including a villainous turn in Jack Reacher and a delightfully insane moment as Keg Jeggings on Parks and Rec. And as you might have expected, his role in the Bounty Hunter-based series will be yet another small, villain-tinged appearance.

While speaking with IndieWire about his new documentary Meeting Gorbachev, the filmmaker teased a minor, villainous role in The Mandalorian –– so yeah, probably just about what you were expecting.


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Speaking about his late-career turn towards acting, Herzog said:

“Yes, I did some more now. Now this is not a secret anymore, a small part, real small part, in “The Mandalorian,” the Star Wars sequel or whatever you call it. I like to do it because I know I’m good on screen, but only if I have to play a real villain.”

As we previously reported, episodes of the series will be directed by Dave FiloniBryce Dallas HowardDeborah ChowRick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi. Waititi fans are especially in for a treat as the Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker will once again do double duty; both directing and apparently performing the voice of bounty hunter droid IG-88. The Mandalorian also stars Pedro PascalGiancarlo EspositoEmily SwallowCarl WeathersOmid AbtahiWerner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. Disney hasn’t set the launch date for Disney+ yet, so The Mandalorian‘s release date is still tbd.

For more, check out the latest on The Mandalorian below.

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