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Disney Finally Gave Us A Trailer Of Pedro Pascal As A Bounty Hunter In ‘Star Wars’ Series ‘The Mandalorian’

Since he starred in Netflix’s successful Narcos series about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Godfathers, Pedro Pascal has become a powerhouse in the industry and one of the most revered actors in the era of streaming services. He already conquered Netflix’s audiences, and now he is due to do the same with the new player in the streaming market: Disney+.

This new service is likely to disrupt the power balance of the industry, as Disney owns the most profitable franchises in global entertainment. Yes, Disney has acquired the Marvel Universe, The Simpsons and Star Wars, three properties that are hugely profitable and that have captured our imagination for decades. 

Disney just unveiled its line up for Disney+, and the cereza en el pastel is the first live action TV show in Star Wars history. The Mandalorian follows the adventures of a bounty hunter as the shadow of the Empire looms and the galaxy is in a turmoil of violence and fear. Who you gonna call? Pedro Pascal, of course! Let’s not forget that he is used to big productions. Remember his Machiavellian but doomed character in Game of Thrones?

The Mandalorian is the television event of the year and Pedro Pascal is the leading man!

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This is a big step forward in Pedro Pascal’s career. And, as we predicted back in 2019, this will be his breakthrough year. His name will be inscribed in the history of the galaxy alongside people like Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. Not bad for this man born in Santiago, Chile, in 1975. 

The trailer promises tons of action an a dark mood.

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The action takes place in the outskirts of the galaxy, in the era of the New Republic. The trailer serves us Western mood and shows Pascal’s character as a lone gunfighter. Sounds and looks like a Clint Eastwood Western in space! We are all in for that, honestly! 

This Chilean heartthrob moves among the most powerful figures in the film industry.

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Pedrito has earned a reputation of being an intense actor with a flare for drama. Besides his famous TV roles he has appeared on the big screen with the likes of Ben Affleck (Triple Frontier) and Denzel Washington (The Equalizer 2). He will star opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984. In this photo we see him with legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. A future collaboration, perhaps? We certainly hope so! 

And he has shown his talents in the sci-fi genre.

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The 2019 moody sci-fi thriller Prospect shows that Pascal is well suited for the genre. This movie deals with a father-daughter relationship in which Pascal explored his histrionic range rather successfully.  

He has that classic Hollywood air, just like a Latino Marlon Brando.

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Pedro Pascal has a valuable asset in the industry: he is capable of communicating the sort of vulnerable masculinity that made actors such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Russell Crowe global superstars. We can totally imagine him in a classic film noir, drinking bourbon in a shady bar. He seems to be perfectly suited for The Mandalorian and we can’t wait! 

Star Wars is more diverse than ever.

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The casting of Pedro Pascal is a watershed moment when it comes to diversity in the franchise. We interviewed Dan Golding, author of the book Star Wars after Lucas: A Critical Guide to the Future of the Galaxy to talk about the politics of the franchise and how important the recent casting of Black and Brown people in leading roles is. 

He told us: “Star Wars has always been political, but under Disney, that’s shifted. When Lucas ran the show, Star Wars acted as political commentary and parable, ranging from the way the original trilogy deliberately allegorized the Vietnam war, to Anakin Skywalker’s paraphrasing of George W. Bush in the prequels. Today though, it’s much more about production and casting – Disney has grasped that who tells stories and which voices are included is as important as what they’re about.”

He added, “While it remains to be seen whether Pascal will even get to show his face as the masked bounty hunter currently known as The Mandalorian, his casting in the lead role reinforces Disney’s willingness to look beyond the stale white predictability that previously made the galaxy far, far away seem very plain indeed.”

And now Diego Luna is in da house! More Latinidad, porfavorcito! 

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Mexican actor Diego Luna famously starred in the sci-fi war film Rogue One in 2016, perhaps the best Star Wars spin-off to dateWell, now our favorite chalorastra (his fans will get the reference, a huevo!) will reprise his role of Cassian Andor in a prequel. It will be a TV show and it promises huge doses of action and Latino attitude. 

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.

Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.

And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!

1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

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Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

2. Pedro Pascal as Mando

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Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.

3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.

4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

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Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.

5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ

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Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.

7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

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Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol

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Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.

9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh

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Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.

10. Robert Rodriguez

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As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.

11. Adria Arjona

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Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.

12. Pablo Hidalgo

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Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.

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