Disney and Lucasfilm have announced, via Variety, that Pedro Pascal (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Narcos,’ ‘The Equalizer 2,’ ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’) will take the lead role in their new live-action ‘Star Wars’ series ‘The Mandalorian.’

With Jon Favreau (‘Iron Man,’ ‘Chef’) writing and executive producing, the series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Dave Filoni, best known for bringing life to the animated side of the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy with ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ is directing the first episode of the series.

Additional episodes will be directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (‘Solemates,’ ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’), ‘Dope’ helmer Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow (‘Jessica Jones’), and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi,

The series is being developed for Disney’s streaming service Disney+ – set to launch in late 2019 – along with a prequel series on the ‘Rogue One’ character Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna.