While public details are being kept to a minimum where Jon Favreau’s in-development The Mandalorian is concerned, one thing we do know is that the live-action show will feature robot bounty hunter IG-88. And now, well now we know who’ll be providing the voice for the Empire Strikes Back alum.
Favreau himself has taken to Instagram to confirm that genre fave Taika Waititi will be lending his vocal chords to IG-88:
View this post on Instagram
Sure, Waititi may be on the crest of a wave after directing hugely popular recent efforts such as Thor: Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but this ridiculously talented New Zealander is just as impressive in front of the camera or behind it. Up next for Waititi in terms of acting is World War II-set comedy drama Jojo Rabbit, where he’ll be playing Adolf Hitler.
For his role as IG-88 in The Madalorian, this won’t be the first time that Waititi has carried out voice work; the Eagle vs. Shark helmer famously voicing Korg in his own Thor: Ragnarok. And if you remember, Waititi is also on board to direct an episode of the Disney+-exclusive The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian will be headlined by Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal, with the series expected to arrive on the Disney+ streaming service later this year.