Pedro Pascal thought axed Wonder Woman pilot he starred in would change his career

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In the recently-released superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984, The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal plays enigmatic businessman Maxwell Lord opposite Gal Gadot as the eponymous character and Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva.

But Pedro’s entry into the DC Extended Universe is not the first Wonder Woman-related project he has been a part of, although it is undoubtedly the most successful.

Nine years ago, Pedro, 45, filmed a pilot for a TV adaptation of Wonder Woman, with John Wick actor Adrianne Palicki cast as the Amazon warrior.

While the actor had high hopes for the series, it was unfortunately not picked up.

In hindsight, Pedro said it was a ‘dream come true’ to join the production, in which he played an LAPD detective called Ed Indelicato.

The show was written and executive produced by David E Kelley, also known for creating programmes including Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal and The Practice.

‘David E Kelley’s influence on television when I was freshly out of college was so huge, and I watched every episode of Friday Night Lights,’ Pedro told Variety.

‘I also thought that whether it was good or not, it would definitely get picked up. So that would change my financial situation significantly, even if it was half a season before it got cancelled. But it didn’t even get picked up.’

After acting in the unaired Wonder Woman pilot, the Game of Thrones star said he ‘went back to procedurals’, working on programmes such as CSI.

‘Had a pretty bad year after that interest in terms of like very sporadic work,’ he said.

However, nine years later he is playing a formidable villain in the Wonder Woman sequel, a far cry from his performance as the masked Din Djarin in Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

Pedro admitted that it ‘didn’t occur’ to him that those making Wonder Woman 1984 could have been aware he had starred in another Wonder Woman production before when they cast him.

Regardless, the actor said it felt ‘so special’ to be offered the part, which resulted in ‘one of the best experiences’ he’s ever had on set.

Wonder Woman 1984 will be available to rent at home in the UK from January 13. It was released in US cinemas and on HBO Max in the US on Christmas Day.

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