While information about The Mandalorian’s upcoming season 3 is slow to dribble out, it has been reported that beloved actor Christopher Lloyd is set to join the Disney+ series as a guest star. The actor is widely known for the string of kooky characters he played in films in the ’80s and early ’90s, who were often as eccentric as they were warm. Most notably, Lloyd played Doc Brown in the Back to the Future franchise, Uncle Fester in the Barry Sonnenfeld Addams Family films, and less warmly but no less eccentrically, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Last season of The Mandalorian saw Din Djarin (a.k.a. Mando, Pedro Pascal) confronting his place in Mandalorian history as the current owner of the Darksaber, which he won from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). The wielder of the Darksaber is effectively the Mand’alor, or the ruler of all Mandalorians, a position which puts Din in the crosshairs of Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), who once ruled Mandalore with the Darksaber and longs to get her throne back. The Mandalorian season 2 also introduced Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka, who refused to train Grogu, leaving him to train in the ways of the Jedi with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill in face but not voice). Grogu’s story continued in The Book of Boba Fett, where he was seen training with Skywalker and eventually defying Skywalker’s wishes to help Mando and Boba Fett take care of some roustabouts on Tatooine.
THR broke the news that Lloyd would be joining as a guest star for The Mandalorian season 3. The details of his role, as is tradition with all news Star Wars related, is being kept under close wraps. He’ll be joining alongside confirmed returning stars, Esposito, bringing his chilly and menacing Moff Gideon back, and Carl Weathers as foe-turned-friend to Mando, Greef Karga. Despite some early rumors that he wouldn’t be back, Pedro Pascal is also confirmed to return as the titular bounty hunter.
Lloyd joins a history of eclectic and off-center casting for the show. Who thought politically incorrect comedian Bill Burr and iconically existential documentarian Werner Herzog would ever be on the same show together, let alone a Star Wars show? And not only that, but that they’d fit in perfectly and become fan-favorite characters? Lloyd is no stranger to playing fan-favorite roles, or originating roles that inspire popular cartoons, which he then later stars as live-action versions of, as he did when he appeared in a couple of live shorts playing Rick and Morty’s Rick Sanchez, based off his own Doc Brown.
Speculating about who else could join this season as guest stars alongside Lloyd wouldn’t mean much, considering the majority of the time, not even the actors involved in Star Wars projects know what show they’re working on. Reportedly Fennec Shand actress Ming-Na Wen thought she was filming season 3 of The Mandalorian, only learning it was in fact The Book of Boba Fett after the project had wrapped. Actress Jennifer Beals reported a similar story. The actors in the episode featuring Mark Hamill’s appearance on the show didn’t know Luke Skywalker was even going to be in the scene. Likewise, speculating about what role Lloyd could be in the ever-expanding universe is a fool’s errand, but his presence in The Mandalorian promises, if nothing else, a bounty of potential.