Gah, Hell Chewbacca, Nick Nolte Joining the ‘Star Wars’ Universe 40 Years After Turning Down Han Solo

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brian-mcgee - December 3, 2018

Fans of Patton Oswalt will remember his classic bit about Nick Nolte nearly playing Han Solo in the original Star Wars, and now, forty-plus years later, the dream is coming true, sort of. That's right gang, Nick Nolte has been added to the cast of Jon Favreau's upcoming series The Mandalorian, ending our decades long Nolte drought in the Star Wars Universe.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nolte joins the already cast title character Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), as well as MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano (Haywire, Deadpool) in the series. There's no indication as to what role he'll be playing, but THR speculates that with post-production on Star Wars productions often very extensive, he could be voicing a cgi-created character that wasn't required on set.

The fact that we're getting Nolte in the Star Wars universe is victory enough for me. I was on board with The Mandalorian already, but now I'm hyped for it. Nolte as a wizened old soothsayer or something? Maybe a Ben Kenobi type desert hermit but without the Force powers? Sign me up.

Don't get me wrong, you wanna throw Nolte some Force powers, I'm all for that as well. The Mandalorian will debut on Disney's streaming service, Disney+, sometime in 2019.

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