What does Back to the Future have to do with the Mandalorian? Not much (luckily, Disney hasn’t been desperate enough to introduce time traveling to Star Wars yet), but that hasn’t stopped Lucasfilm’s casting directors from pulling one of the franchise’s best-known actors into the next season of their hit show.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Christopher Lloyd is set to join the third season of The Mandalorian in an undisclosed role, a move that will add yet another iconic sci-fi classic to the actor’s decades-long resume. An official comment from Lucasfilm is yet to come, but Lloyd is an actor that needs no introduction to Back to the Future fans, having starred in all three of the classic films as Dr. Emmett Brown, the scientist responsible for developing the iconic, time-traveling DeLorean and cementing the real-life counterpart’s place in the annals of pop culture history. (An EV version of the DMC-12 is reportedly on the way.)
Presented by executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, Disney+’s The Mandalorian debuted in November 2019 and went on to become one of the streamer’s flagship series, ultimately driving remarkable subscriber growth. The Mandalorian’s season three release date has not yet been revealed.
‘Star Wars’: Christopher Lloyd Joins ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Back to the Future actor is on the call sheet for The Mandalorian, the Disney+ Star Wars show that is currently filming its third season in Southern California.
Character details for his role are being kept locked in the trunk of a DeLorean, but it has been described as guest-starring in nature. Lucasfilm could not be reached for comment.
The Mandalorian has a record of bringing in characters from legendary franchises. Michael Biehn, the star of The Terminator, appeared in a memorable season two episode, for example.