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Werner Herzog, Disney’s The Mandalorian
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Werner Herzog features prominently in the new Star Wars trailer

The director/occasional actor gets to flex his iconic voice in the trailer’s only speaking part

Werner Herzog’s voice, whether it’s narrating a documentary about volcanoes or riffing about what you’ll find in the eye of a chicken (“bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity”, btw), is iconic. Outside his own films though, his deliberate German tone works equally well as that of a villain, which is why he’s a great (if unexpected) pick for a character on the new Star Wars show, The Mandalorian.

Whether he’s actually a villain or not, Herzog’s menacing presence fits right in among the shady world of bounty hunters depicted in a new trailer. “Bounty hunting is a complicated profession,” he says. “Don’t you agree?”

Suggesting that The Mandalorian producers – with Marvel and The Lion King director Jon Favreau at the helm – appreciate Herzog’s voice as much as we do, he’s actually given the only speaking role in the whole trailer.

The show’s eponymous protagonist (Pedro Pascal), on the other hand, is silent. Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito will also feature in the high-budget Disney+ show.

Catch Werner Herzog near the end of the trailer below.