Nick Nolte’s role in The Mandalorian has been potentially revealed, but it’s probably not what you were thinking it would be.
Making Star Wars has been a trove of information of late, including this latest piece on Nick Nolte’s role in upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.
While many of us have imagined the grizzled actor would be playing a type of gunslinger role, it doesn’t appear to be the case. MSW has stated Nolte will play the role of an ugnaught.
Yes, an ugnaught.
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Ugnaughts are pig-like humanoid creatures that were first seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Since then, they have been seen or mentioned in various places such as Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance, books and more.
Given the species history, it’s not uncommon for them to be seen throughout the galaxy as so many of them were sold into slavery and brought to new worlds.
Nolte apparently plays one of these characters – or more specifically – voices one of them.
According to Making Star Wars:
"Nolte’s character will not be digital. It doesn’t appear Nolte is performing the role on set either. Instead a new practical animatronic mask has been developed that works on voice command. So the mask which is being worn by a small woman matches Nolte’s infliction perfectly. The mask’s mouth movement is said to be phenomenal. MSW sources also have said that the mask was developed by Stan Winston’s Shop of experts."
To be honest, it’s a little disappointing. While I’m sure he will do a great job in the role, it seems it was especially limited. Rather than have Nolte playing a huge role beside Pedro Pascal and the others, it does seem as though Nolte would be used sparingly.
MSW also notes his sources said Nolte recorded the lines in one day of work.
If this is true, Perhaps, Nolte was just a great name to add to the Star Wars lineup to get fans excited. Disney is asking fans to sign up for Disney+ in order to watch The Mandalorian, which requires shelling out more money for another streaming service.
Personally, I was just hoping for a bit more. The Mandalorian still sounds intriguing – and, of course, I am going to watch, but this wasn’t exactly the most exciting news to come out regarding the upcoming Star Wars series.
The Mandalorian is scheduled to stream on Disney+ in 2019.