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‘The Mandalorian’ actor reveals what it was like to join ‘Star Wars’

‘The Mandalorian’ actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee praised the ‘Star Wars’ franchise and the Disney+ show

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A photo from “The Mandalorian” episode 2 “The Passenger” with The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal).

A photo from “The Mandalorian” episode 2 “The Passenger” with The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal). “The Mandalorian” actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee praised the “Star Wars” franchise and the Disney+ show.

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One of the New Republic soldiers from “The Mandalorian” recently described what it was like to work on the show.

What happened

The “Star Wars” news website Star Wars Holocron recently spoke with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who appeared on “The Mandalorian” as a New Republic pilot, about the new Disney+ series. He revealed that joining the franchise felt like a dream.

  • “I use this turn of phrase a lot, but I felt like Cinderella at the ball. You don’t expect to be there and when you’re there everything is so beautiful. And so above every other experience you’ve had working on sets and what not. I’m still speechless about it and it’s still very surreal, because it’s a universe I’ve always wanted to play in. It’s something I’ve fantasized about being a part of since I was a little kid.”

Lee’s character, Carson Teva, a pilot in the New Republic, appeared in two episodes of “The Mandalorian.” He appeared to enlist Cara Dune (Gina Carano) into joining the New Republic.

He said he’d be interested in reprising his role in future “Star Wars” projects — like “Rangers of the New Republic,” a forthcoming “Star Wars” series. But for now, the future remains uncertain.

  • “Of course. I mean, jeez, I got a taste of how cool that universe is with those two episodes of ‘The Mandalorian.’ And I would absolutely … any fan would say, ‘I would do anything you need me to do. I will go off buildings,” he said. “You get to go there and play and dress up and then you have all this fantastic technology you get to play with. The costumes. If you love ‘Star Wars,’ you’d leap at that. So, yeah I’d do that.”

More on ‘Rangers of the New Republic’

“Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka” — two new Disney+ series based in the “Star Wars” universe — will be set after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” similar to “The Mandalorian,” which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

“The Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau  told “Good Morning America” that he has a connection to “Return of the Jedi,” which makes his recent experience with the franchise more engaging because it connects to his own past.

  • “That was a film that we all grew up with. I was an usher in the movie theater back in Queens when ‘Return of the Jedi’ was playing so I saw that movie dozens and dozens of times at work and now it’s so fun to be continuing the story after that with some of those characters,” Favreau said.