“Bounty hunters… we don’t need that scum.”
It looks like Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok, is voicing the assassin droid IG-88 in the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars show The Mandalorian.
Series producer Jon Favreau posted a photo on Instagram of Waititi in front of a series of microphones and what appears to be footage of IG-88 in The Mandalorian, highly suggesting Waititi will voice the droid. A red and gold Mandalorian helmet is also hanging out in the studio for no apparent reason.
Waititi is known for appearing in his films, either as a live-action character or a voice-over, as he voiced Korg in Thor: Ragnarok. We already knew IG-88 would appear in The Mandalorian after Favreau posted a photo of the droid in front of a green screen on Christmas, though it was unclear who his voice actor would be. IGN has reached out to Disney for confirmation on this casting.
It’s likely Waititi will voice IG-88 in the episode he’s directing, though it’s possible he’ll voice the character throughout the season. In late February, it was revealed that The Mandalorian had finished principal photography, which lines up with Waititi doing voiceover work during post-production.
IG-88 first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as one of the bounty hunters tasked with finding the Millennium Falcon, and has become a fan-favorite after appearing in various Star Wars media. According to StarWars.com, IG-88 is “a battered chrome war droid who has become a bounty hunter, and answered Darth Vader’s call to capture the Millennium Falcon during the events surrounding the Battle of Hoth.”
Another classic Star Wars droid, R5-D4, will also appear in The Mandalorian and Favreau revealed a familiar Star Wars weapon from the infamous Holiday Special will be in the show as well.
Black Panther’s Ludwig Göransson has been announced as the show’s composer, and the main cast has been confirmed, including Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito and more.
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.