Thursday 19 September 2019

Werner Herzog praises ‘phenomenal’ new Star Wars series Mandalorian

The veteran German film-maker said he is likely to appear in two or three episodes of Jon Favreau’s series.

Werner Herzog (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Werner Herzog (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

By Ryan Pearson, Associated Press

Werner Herzog has described The Mandalorian as “a phenomenal achievement” after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the Star Wars universe.

Herzog told the Associated Press he is likely to appear in two or three episodes of Jon Favreau’s series as “a character in whom you cannot trust”.

The series, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers, is set to premiere in November with the launch of the new Disney Plus streaming service.

The famed 76-year-old German writer, director and actor admitted he has never seen a Star Wars movie.

“I’ve seen some trailers. I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so — it’s all a new mythology.”

Herzog said he was impressed by the practical, real-world approach of The Mandalorian, whose directors include Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The series is set in the aftermath of The Return Of The Jedi, five years after the Rebellion’s victory.

“Mandalorian was filmed not like all the other Star Wars or other big event films – green screen, green screen everywhere — and the camera motion-control moving there,” Herzog said.

“All of a sudden you have a phenomenal step forward. As an actor, you see the entire planet on which you are. You see the landscape.

“The camera, that could even be hand-held and move in between us, sees the same landscape. It’s not green screen and artificiality. It brings movie-making back where it should be. It’s a phenomenal, phenomenal achievement.”

Herzog was interviewed while promoting his new documentary Meeting Gorbachev.

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