Taika Waititi Probably Voicing IG-88 In The Mandalorian

Will we finally hear the droid bounty hunter speak?


The Mandalorian is shaping up to be one of the biggest TV shows of all time, and writer and producer Jon Favreau has just given fans a further tease of what to expect by revealing a new photo on his Instagram account showing Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi in a recording booth, with an image of droid bounty hunter IG-88 on a screen in front of him.

This strongly indicates that Waititi will voice IG-88 in the show, which would come as a welcome addition, as he did a great job of voicing Korg in Ragnarok. IG-88 has been a fan favorite character since he appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, but we’ve never actually heard him speak, so this image should get fans hyped.

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The photo also shows a Mandalorian helmet which looks strikingly similar to the helmet worn by Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. This also doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Favreau also directed the first two Iron Man movies. The Mandalorian won’t be Favreau’s first foray into the Star Wars universe either, as he voiced Rio Durant in last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The first live-action TV series set in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian will chronicle the exploits of a lone Mandalorian bounty hunter in-between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because it will take place primarily in the mostly lawless Outer Rim, the fall of the Empire and the Rise of the New Republic will not play a huge role in the series, as the Empire’s influence in the region was minimal.

The cast of The Mandalorian will include Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, and Gina Carano. All episodes will debut on Disney+ later this year. Favreau is also currently directing the live-action remake of The Lion King, which is bound to be a billion dollar hit.

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