Yet, Waititi isn’t voicing just any ol’ alien or Stormtrooper. Instead, it appears he’s portraying IG-88, a fan-favorite bounty hunter that first appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy.
A new behind-the-scenes photo posted to Instagram by The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau shows Waititi recording dialogue for the upcoming series, but it’s the chrome-plated character on the screen in front of him that has Star Wars fans talking.
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As a gift to fans last Christmas, Favreau revealed that IG-88 will appear in the series, but it’s still unknown how prominent a role the character will have. Just last month, Waititi teased that he would appear as someone with a connection to Boba Fett, who first showed up alongside IG-88 in The Empire Strikes Back. Considering that canonically Boba Fett destroyed the droid off-screen in Empire and left its remains on Cloud City, it’s going to be interesting to see how IG-88 returns in a series set five years after Return of the Jedi.
According to StarWars.com, IG-88’s an assassin droid, “independently programmed mechanical killers that had no masters.” Set in the Outer Rim territories, The Mandalorian is reportedly aiming for a western-style tone, so a rogue bounty hunter that only serves himself seems like a perfect fit for the series.
As for Waititi, he’s well known for appearing in most of his own works, and recently provided the voice and motion for Ragnarok’s lovable alien-warrior Korg. An aloof, selfish robot with a thirst for blood seems like the exact type of character Waititi would love to lampoon, so you can bet that IG-88 is going to leave a large impression when The Mandalorian finally premieres. Considering the series has wrapped filming and is in the middle of post-production, we’ll hopefully get a trailer at Star Wars Celebration 2019 next month.