Esposito told the site he was really excited when he got the call from Favreau when he said he’d written Moff Gideon specifically for him. He said, “It was a great honor … the world of Star Wars is one that I’ve admired since I was younger, and I’ve wanted to see films return to that mythological level of storytelling. That’s something that I think the Star Wars franchise has done so very well.” Esposito has been thrilled about “The Mandalorian,” saying that it’s “about wonder and anticipation.” Of course, he did have an idea for Favreau when he was asked about requests for the character. He said, “I want to have a cape like Darth Vader.”
There is something about a cape that just signals a big personality. Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, Count Dooku, Bail Organa, Boba Fett — all of them wear capes. They flutter and flow, and as someone who has worked on costumes in the past (and worn a lot of capes in plays), I can say that the movement of it becomes part of a character. You can swish it in anger, make a dramatic entrance or exit with it, wrap it over you to disguise yourself … it also makes fight scenes look spectacular, as you can see in the final episode of season 2. Considering the drama that Moff Gideon brings to the series, it’s perfect.