Chicago Justice’s Carl Weathers joins Star Wars: The Mandalorian

CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Friendly Fire" Episode 110 -- Pictured: Carl Weathers as Mark Jefferies -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Friendly Fire" Episode 110 -- Pictured: Carl Weathers as Mark Jefferies -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

Star Wars: The Mandalorian has added former Chicago Justice star Carl Weathers to its cast as Disney prepares the Star Wars streaming series.

Carl Weathers is moving from the One Chicago franchise to the Star Wars franchise.

The iconic actor, who portrayed State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies on Chicago Justice, will be playing a role in Disney’s highly anticipated series Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Details on Weathers’ character aren’t being released, as has become standard practice with The Mandalorian, which already has a tremendous amount of hype and star power surrounding the show.

Pedro Pascal (Narcos) is playing the title role with former MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano (Deadpool, Haywire) as the female lead.

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Other cast members include Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow (Monday Mornings, The Mentalist, Supernatural), Omid Abtahi (American Gods) and Werner Herzog.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau (the director of Marvel’s Iron Man), and executive produced by Dave Filoni (the driving force behind the critically acclaimed animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Filoni is also directing the first episode.

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This casting news is big for fans of Carl Weathers, who has been working on a handful of TV projects since Chicago Justice was unexpectedly cancelled in May 2017.

Most recently, he reprised his role as Mark Jefferies in an episode of Dick Wolf‘s Law & Order: SVU, when Jefferies’ former subordinate Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) asked him to use his political connections to help Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay):

The Mandalorian will bring Carl Weathers back on a weekly basis, and as part of another franchise, but there’s a catch: it won’t be on free TV. The series is exclusive to Disney+, Disney’s new digital service designed to compete with Netflix and Hulu. So One Chicago fans who want to watch it will have to pay extra for a Disney+ subscription.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian is expected to premiere sometime in late 2019, so it’ll also be a wait until Carl Weathers gets to show off what will be an awesome new sci-fi role. Because having the Carl Weathers in one of entertainment’s biggest franchises is undoubtedly going to be huge.

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