'Mandalorian' star Pedro Pascal admits he's trying to recruit Nicolas Cage to join the 'Star Wars' universe

There’s no doubt when it comes to best buddy comedy of 2022. That would be The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which starred Nicolas Cage as himself opposite Pedro Pascal as a billionaire fan who bond over screenwriting, LSD and Paddington 2.

Cage and Pascal have such good chemistry in the film that we need them to work together again — like perhaps in the Star Wars universe, where Pascal currently rules as Din Djarin on Disney+’s breakout streaming hit The Mandalorian.

“I already suggested [it]. I already said he would make a great Mandalorian,” Pascal told us at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim (watch above).

“But would he wear a helmet or not?” asked the show’s executive producer Rick Famuyiwa.

“He’ll wear a helmet,” Pascal said assuredly. “Absolutely… Or he could be one of the helmet-less.”

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, from left: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, 2022. ph: Karen Ballard / © Lionsgate / Courtesy Everett Collection
Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal in 'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent' (Photo: Karen Ballard/Lionsgate/Courtesy Everett Collection)

They’re certainly adding more Mandos to the series, as evidenced in the first trailer that premiered this weekend at D23.

“There are a lot more Mandalorians, and with that many Mandalorians in the room, things are bound to go wrong,” says Katee Sackhoff, who returns as Bo-Katan Kryze. “I think this season is different. … I do believe that this season is a little faster-paced. And that tonally, it’s like a moving train. You just gotta get on.”

Adds Famuyiwa: “It both expands upon the idea of Mandalorians and the culture of Mandalorians, but as the storytelling starts to evolve, we have characters that have been introduced in Mandalorian like Ahsoka [Rosario Dawson] that are now part of the bigger storytelling going on in Star Wars.

“We’re bringing together a lot of characters from [the Star Wars universe] so we got a lot to say in Star Wars and we’re gonna keep saying it.”

Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by Jason Fitzpatrick

The Mandalorian Season 3 will premiere on Disney+ in Feb. 2023.

Watch the teaser trailer: