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Fun casting for IG-88 in The Mandalorian

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” series set to premiere on Disney Plus

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“Thor Ragnarok” helmer Taika Waititi recently shot an episode of Disney Plus’s “The Mandalorian” – the live-action “Star Wars” TV series that will feature, among others, fan-fave Boba Fett – and now it’s being revealed he’s also playing a character in it.

Showrunner and executive producer Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) has posted a behind-the-scenes pic on Instagram of the beloved filmmaker recording his voice for the part of bounty hunter IG-88. The droid character is best known for his appearance in “The Empire Strikes Back” but he didn’t speak in his brief moments on screen.

Waititi, you may recall, also voiced a part in “Thor Ragnarok” – that of amiable Kiwi rock-guy Korg.

“The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

 

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DC respond to Swamp Thing rumors with an awesome new promo!

Derek Mears plays the title role in the comic adaptation

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No doubt a response to disquieting rumors concerning the show shutting down production early (and consequently getting a shorter run), DC Universe has released a fun promo for their upcoming “Swamp Thing” series.

The comic-adaptation, starring Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”, “Twin Peaks”) in the title role and boasting a choice cast including Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Will Patton, Jennifer Beals, and Virginia Madsen, has been shooting in Louisiana… home to swamps, apparently.

James Wan is one of the producers, Len Wiseman (“Live Free or Die Hard”) directed the pilot.

“Swamp Thing” will debut on DC Universe on May 31st.

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Wayne returns to TV… but where’s Garth?

Mike Myers is headed back to the box for a Netflix comedy

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Mike Myers is headed back to the box – and with Netflix his new home, the rewards should be loftier than what he and his stringy-haired buddy were getting over at Community Access Television.

Ah, shit, Okay, so it’s not “Wayne’s World 3” (surely that’s on the way, right? You can’t just tease us with appearances of the duo at all these awards ceremonies and then yank the possibility of a new movie away from us!), and it won’t co-star Dana Carvey (but what’s the bet he makes an appearance!), but we can celebrate the return of “Saturday Night Live alum to the small screen. It’s a start. Means he’s hungry to work, and make us giggle-fart again.

 Netflix has ordered a half-hour limited comedy series produced by and starring Myers, in which he plays multiple characters.

“I love creating characters, and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in”, the actor, who has given us such memorable characters as Austin Powers and The Love Guru (heh), said.

Though details are being kept under wraps, seems the show has been granted a 6-episode order.

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Picard series beams up three more!

Including one of the standouts from now defunct drama “The Newsroom”

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A couple more dynamite actors have joined the Patrick Stewart-Picard reprise series over at CBS All Access.

Alison Pill, who you’ll remember from “The Newsroom”, “Penny Dreadful” staple Harry Treadway and Isa Briones (“American Crime Story : Versace”) will share scenes with the chrome dome in the untitled “Star Trek” series.

Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora were previously announced for the series, which, the presser reminds us “features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: Next Generation.” The new series will follow this iconic character in the next chapter of his life and will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States and will be distributed concurrently internationally by CBS Studios International.”

With Jonathan Frakes helming a couple of episodes of the show, I’m thinking the next casting announcement might pertain to a Riker reprise. Just a guess.

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