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Taika Waititi is voicing a beloved murder-droid in The Mandalorian

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Jon Favreau’s upcoming Star Wars TV Western The Mandalorian keeps making the kind of behind-the-scenes decisions that intrigue us despite ourselves—which is sort of just a fancy way of saying he keeps asking Taika Waititi to do stuff for the show. The What We Do In The Shadows director was already on the hook to direct an episode of the series—alongside folks like Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Better Call Saul’s Deborah Chow, and Star Wars animation favorite Dave Filoni—but now it turns out he’ll be voicing at least one character, too.

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And not just anybody: Per a photo Favreau posted on Instagram this week, Waititi will apparently be lending his voice to fan favorite murder-droid IG-88, a.k.a. the coolest-looking of all the bounty hunters that Darth Vader hires to try to track down Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. (Take that, Bossk! Ya burnt!) Waititi, of course, is no stranger to voicing break-out characters in blockbuster science-fiction properties, having already made cheerful rock man Korg one of the best parts of his own Thor: Ragnarok.

There’s still no official release date for The Mandalorian, which is expected to be a big part of the early push for Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service. (September 2019 is the current closest guess.) The show stars Pedro Pascal as the titular space mercenary, taking a tour of the seedier side of that galaxy what’s so long and far away.

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[via Nerdist]

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