Werner Herzog on Why He Didn’t Need to See ‘Star Wars’ Films for ‘The Mandalorian’ Role

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Werner Herzog on Why He Didn’t Need to See ‘Star Wars’ Films for ‘The Mandalorian’ Role
At first sight, playing a vital character in Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian,” Disney’s live-action “Star Wars” series, which the studio is using to launch its ambitious streaming venture, might appear to be an odd move for Werner Herzog.

Yet, if Herzog’s career has taught viewers anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. The legendary feature director and documentarian, known for his haunting narration and his films’ wildly eclectic subject matter, is set to portray a mysterious figure in “The Mandalorian,” one whom he says “sets the story on its path” by asking the titular bounty hunter to track a particularly dangerous individual.

Herzog dipped his toe into more conventional Hollywood waters in 2012, appearing opposite Tom Cruise as the villain in “Jack Reacher,” and he says that one of his first on-screen roles, in a German sci-fi film in the 1970s, wasn’t a galaxy far, far away
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