The visionary director has been pictured on set voicing the famous assassin droid from The Empire Strikes Back.
On Christmas Day, Jon Favreau took to Instagram to bestow a gift upon the world. The image he revealed depicted IG-88, the iconic assassin droid from The Empire Strikes Back resurrected from the outskirts of Star Wars canon and restored to prominence against a green screen. The image unleashed a tidal wave of euphoria amongst the fans, many of who were beside themselves at the prospect of seeing the famous droid back in an all-new adventure from the galaxy far, far away in The Mandalorian.
Since the images reveal, the silence from the halls at Lucasfilm has been deafening but that hasn’t prevented rumours from surfacing that suggest that both IG-88 and Bossk will definitely be returning to the fold when The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ later in the year. IG-88 was one of the several bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to hunt down the Millennium Falcon during Irvin Kershner’s stellar sequel but his official addition to the cast list has never actually been confirmed.
However, in a recent post on Instagram, Jon Favreau shared a photo from the recording studio for the series which reveals none other than episode director Taika Waititi lending his vocals to guess who…IG-88!
Jon Favreau has amassed a wealth of talent for the first ever live-action Star Wars television series. The show already boasts the talents of Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. And with Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson on board to produce the score, The Mandalorian is set to become of the hottest Star Wars properties of all time.
We cannot wait to get our first glimpse at this incredible series during The Mandalorian panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Stay tuned to The Future Of The Force for up to date news, views and analysis of everything revealed as it happens.
Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. We’ll see you there.
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