TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 19, 2018
When it was announced earlier this month that Nick Nolte was joining the cast of the upcoming Star Wars television series The Mandalorian, I speculated on him playing a wizened old hermit living in the desert. What I never would have guessed, in my wildest dreams, is that the notoriously gruff actor would be playing an Ugnaught, one of those pigmen that lived in Cloud City with Lando. You remember those guys, you had six or seven of them as action figures...
With this being the role Nolte was born to play, however, you'd better believe that he might actually be doing just that. According to a new rumor on Making Star Wars, Nolte will be voicing an Ugnaught character that won't be brought to life as a cgi-creation, but rather via a strange new form of prosthetics...
Several sources are saying Nick Nolte is playing an ugnaught. I’m not kidding, many sources say Nolte is playing one of the little pig dudes we first met in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on Cloud City.
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.
Again, this could all be a bunch of hooey, but can you even believe that we live in a world where Nick Nolte will be playing an Ugnaught? What a time to be alive, indeed.