- "You know this is no place for a child."
"Wherever I go, he goes."
"So I've heard."
- ―Gor Koresh and Din Djarin
Gor Koresh was a Abyssin male gangster, gambler and entrepreneur who organized gladiator matches at his own arena and hunted Mandalorian remnants for their beskar armor during the New Republic's reign. In 9 ABY, the Abyssin met the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and the infant Grogu at his arena. The Mandalorian inquired about finding others of his kind, but Koresh advised the bounty hunter to enjoy the entertainment first.
Koresh attempted to trick the Mandalorian into a bet which could scam him of his beskar armor, but Djarin refused the offer, and the Abyssin and his assailants held the bounty hunter at gunpoint. Djarin defeated Koresh's allies, and intercepted Koresh outside the fighting pit, interrogating the Abyssin for the information he desired. After Koresh gave in, he was left by the Mandalorian to face some wild dogs.
- "Well, I'll bet you the information you seek that this Gamorrean's going to die within the next minute and a half. And all you have to put up in exchange is your shiny beskar armor."
"I'm prepared to pay you for the information. I'm not leaving my fate up to chance."
- ―Koresh and Djarin
During the reign of the New Republic, the Abyssin gangster, gambler and entrepreneur Gor Koresh profited from various criminal activities, including organizing underworld gladiator matches at his own arena, the Carnita arena in the warehouse district of a barren city on an Outer Rim planet. He also hunted Mandalorian remnants for their armor made of beskar, which was rising in value. He at some point heard about a supposed Mandalorian on the planet Tatooine, as well the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, who closely protected the infant foundling Grogu.
In 9 ABY, Djarin traveled to Koresh's arena having been told that the gangster knew of the whereabouts of other Mandalorians. Koresh sat ringside at his arena, betting on one of the Gamorrean fighters in the ring, when he was approached by Djarin and Grogu. Looking between the pair, the gambler remarked that the pit was no place for a child like Grogu, but the Mandalorian stated that the foundling went wherever he went. Djarin told Koresh that he was looking for information on other Mandalorians in the galaxy as part of a quest to return Grogu to his kind. Koresh, more fixated on the fight, advised the bounty hunter to enjoy the entertainment instead of going straight to business.
The Gamorrean Koresh had bet on was knocked to the ground, and so the displeased gangster shouted for the other Gamorrean to kill their opponent. As the injured Gamorrean then evaded death, Koresh put the information Djarin needed up for a bet on whether the losing Gamorrean died within the next minute and a half. In turn, the Abyssin requested the Mandalorian put up his beskar armor for the bet. Djarin refused, and so Koresh shot the winning Gamorrean with his blaster pistol, and his armed assailants swiftly surrounded the Mandalorian with their own blasters drawn as part of Koresh's own trap.
- "Beskar's value continues to rise. I've grown quite fond of it. Give it to me now or I will peel it off your corpse."
"Tell me where the Mandalorians are and I'll walk outta here without killing you."
- ―Koresh and Djarin
The arena's audience promptly fled the arena, and Koresh bragged about not having to seek out Djarin for his armor and told his new captive of how fond he had become of the increasingly expensive beskar. The gangster demanded Djarin's armor in return for not killing the Mandalorian. In reply, Djarin threatened to kill Koresh if he did not tell him where other Mandalorians could be found. After Koresh remarked that he thought Djarin wasn't a gambler, the Mandalorian used his whistling birds to eliminate the Abyssin's armed assailants and fought the arena's workers. Koresh fled the arena as Djarin defeated the remainder of the gambler's people.
Koresh ran outside and down the street when Djarin, exiting the arena, snared the gangster with his grappling line, pulled him across the ground and hung him on a lamppost. Turning to try and befriend his captor, the Abyssin panically offered Djarin the information he desired in return for his life. He revealed what he knew of the alleged Mandalorian on Tatooine, swearing this information to be true by a gotra. Djarin then began leaving, and Koresh begged to be freed from the grappling line, claiming it was part of their deal. The Mandalorian instead shot out the light post with his blaster pistol, allowing several local wild dogs to advance on the gangster to try and kill him as he screamed in fear.
Personality and traits
- "It's uncouth to talk business immediately. Just enjoy the entertainment."
- ―Koresh, to Djarin
Gor Koresh was a 1.73 meter (5 foot 8 inches) tall Abyssin male with green skin, gray, thinning hair and a single brown eye. The deceitful entrepreneur had a habit of double-crossing or killing anyone who interfered with his exploits. He grew fond of beskar as it rose in value, and hunted Mandalorians to harvest their beskar armor. The gangster found it convenient for a Mandalorian, Din Djarin, to come to him. He watched Grogu come to his arena with bemusement and disapproval, believing it was no place for the child.
Koresh tried to convince Djarin into betting for information as an attempt to trick the bounty hunter into handing over his beskar armor. When Djarin did not play into the gambler's trick, Koresh and his assailants instead held him at gunpoint, and Koresh chuckled as bragged to the Mandalorian. After Djarin defeated all of Koresh's allies and apprehended him, the Abyssin gave up information on a possible Mandalorian in an attempt to preserve his life, his voice cracking as he attempted to maintain some composure while being hung from a lamppost. Koresh's voice grew hoarse and breathless as he swore his information by a gotra.
- "Normally, I have to seek out remnants of you Mandalorians in your hidden hives to harvest your precious shiny shells."
- ―Koresh, to Djarin
Gor Koresh wore brown under-clothing with brown gloves a white sport coat, including a symbol of his arena, intended to give an air of respectability. He donned black trousers and brown boots. He also wielded a blaster pistol which was modified for Abyssin vision.
Behind the scenes
- "Doug [Chiang] described Gor Koresh as being like an emperor of the Colosseum who gets to decide the fates of the Gamorreans."
- ―Brian Matyas
Gor Koresh first appeared in "Chapter 9: The Marshal," the premiere episode of the second season of the Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian which was directed by show-runner Jon Favreau and first aired on October 30, 2020. Koresh was voiced by John Leguizamo and portrayed in costume by John Rosengrant.
Koresh was initially teased in the official trailer for The Mandalorian Season Two, which was published on YouTube on September 15, 2020. On YouTube, the trailer's captions initially identified the character as "Gore Keresh," but they were later changed to remove the name and simply identify the character as an alien. The subtitles on the Disney+ version of the trailer wrote the name as "Gor Koresh" but was also removed. The "Launchpad" section of Star Wars Insider 202 and the "Jedi Master's Quiz" section of Star Wars Insider 203, the two issues published by Titan Magazines on April 27 and June 22 of 2021, used the spelling "Gor Keresh" for the character.
Conception and portrayal
- "But I like you being the high status mob boss, even if you don't do the character of Don Corleone."
- ―Jon Favreau advises John Leguizamo for voicing Gor Koresh
In the first drafts for "Chapter 9: The Marshal," written by Favreau during the holiday break at the end of 2018, Koresh was described "foul cyclops" with a pair of earring and a nose ring. The director also put across the idea that the character would be had sat among as part of the crowd of spectators on simple bench seating with bodyguards rather than being a distant spectator or on a throne, while arts director Doug Chiang described Koresh to concept artists as like an emperor of the Colosseum, stating that he would decide the fates of competing Gamorreans. Working off of another description of Koresh as a "low-level crime boss," artist Brian Matyas gave the character an "old-school Ray Harryhausen design" with a retro-style color palette.
In another concept, Matyas worked off of Chiang's Emperor idea, giving Koresh a very simple costume. One of Matyas's other concepts for the character included a helmet with a monocle visor, playing off of the idea of an Abyssin "assassin-hitman-henchman with a helmet." Matyas chose to make later designs look more like a classic mob boss, being inspired by Tony Soprano from the television series The Sopranos, which translated into the final design of Koresh.
During Leguizamo's rehearsal for Koresh voice, Favreau advised the voice actor to come across like a "high status mob boss" like Don Corleone from The Godfather film series. Lines about Koresh calling his Gamorrean the best in his stable were included during the rehearsal but did not make it into the episode. Filming for "Chapter 9: The Marshal," including Koresh's scenes, took place over thirteen days during November 2019, Disney+ launching halfway through the filming period on November 12.
- "You brought the kid?"
- ―The alternate depiction of Koresh's opening line in "Chapter 9: The Marshal" as depicted in the junior novel
Joe Schreiber's 2022 junior novelization of The Mandalorian Season Two describes Koresh as having a nose ring, in-line with the first drafts of "Chapter 9: The Marshal." However, his depiction in the finished episode did not include a nose ring. The novel also presents some of Koresh's lines differently to how they are said in the episode or presented in the subtitles. Additionally, the novelization describes Koresh rising to his feet when shooting the Gamorrean while the episode shows him being seated until the second Gamorrean attacks Djarin. This article uses the information from "Chapter 9: The Marshal."
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 Junior Novel
- (First pictured)
- (Picture only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of Season Two
- "Launchpad" – Star Wars Insider 202 (as Gor Keresh)
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two Companion" – Star Wars Insider 202
- "Jedi Master's Quiz" – Star Wars Insider 203 (as Gor Keresh)
- Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
- The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two
- "Mandalorian Mayhem" – Star Wars Insider 210