Taika Waititi played an important role in #TheMandalorian

THE MANDALORIAN saw its final episode drop on Disney Plus today (May 1) and fans have been finding out more about the cast. Who does Taika Waititi play in The Mandalorian?

PUBLISHED: 22:26, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:40, Fri, May 1, 2020

The Mandalorian was one of the most popular series to air on Disney Plus and the show is part of the Star Wars franchise. The series, which stars the iconic and adorable The Child, referred to by many as baby Yoda, follows Mando, or The Mandalorian, who is played by Pedro Pascal. Fans have been keen to find out more about one character in particular, Droid IG-11, who is played by Taika Waititi.

WARNING: This story contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Who does Taika Waititi play in The Mandalorian?

Fans of the series did not know what to make of the quirky droid IG-11 when they first met him at the start of the series.

The droid was initially a bounty hunter who had been hired to capture and kill The Child, who fans know as 'baby Yoda'.

Just as he is about to shoot The Child, Mando pulls out his gun and shoots the droid, leaving him dead, so he can take The Child alive.

He is presumed dead, but fans were in for a shock when they saw him return in one of the final episodes of the series.

The droid ended up becoming a protector of the child, although Mando had his doubts about him, saying no amount of reprogramming could change his temperament.

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The Mandalorian: Taika WaititiThe Mandalorian: Droid IG-11 is played by Taika Waititi (Image: Disney Plus)

The Mandalorian: Droid IG-11 was programmed to kill The ChildThe Mandalorian: Droid IG-11 when he was an assassin (Image: Disney Plus)

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Viewers come to learn the droid was rescued by Kuiil (Nick Nolte) who had helped Mando on one of his earlier missions.

Kuill had worked for days to restore the droid IG-11 and reprogram him to be a useful droid, who acts as a servant when he has guests.

Mando is surprised when he sees the droid alive and initially tries to kill him, but Kuiil assures him he has changed his ways.

The droid ends up going on a mission with the group to protect The Child from the Imperial remnant, and he ends up sacrificing himself to protect The Child.

The Mandalorian: Droid IG-11 helped guard The ChildThe Mandalorian: Droid IG-11 with his weapons (Image: Disney Plus)

The Mandalorian: Actor Taika WaititiThe Mandalorian: Taika Waititi voiced Droid IG-11 (Image: Disney Plus)

Taika Waititi has previously worked with creator Jon Favreau on various Marvel films and this is partly how he got the role for The Mandalorian.

He has since corrected fans who thought he was the Star Wars bounty hunter

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