Every now and then legendary documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog will pop up in an unexpected but almost always delicious pure acting role from a guest stint on “Parks and Recreation” to serving as the villain in the first “Jack Reacher” movie.
Last year came word that he would be making an appearance in the “Star Wars” franchise, which promptly fuelled speculation as to what it might be – shortly afterwards, “The Mandalorian” TV series was revealed.
Speaking with Indiewire this week, he confirms that the show is the project he’s involved with and touches briefly upon why he wants to do the gig:
“Now this is not a secret anymore, a small part, real small part, in ‘The Mandalorian,’ the ‘Star Wars’ sequel or whatever you call it. I like to do it because I know I’m good on screen, but only if I have to play a real villain.”
There’s zero clue as to what villain Herzog might portray in the show which is set between the original and current trilogies. Further details may come next month when Star Wars Celebration takes place. “The Mandalorian” is expected to launch with Disney+ in late 2019.
Herzog’s new doco “Meeting Gorbachev,” which features an extensive interview with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, opens on May 3rd.