What will Robert Rodriguez and Peyton Reed do with Baby Yoda? We can’t wait to find out.
The Mandalorian isn’t set to return to Disney+ until October, but it looks like there is some exciting news about the upcoming season. Two new directors are said to be joining the list of prestigious directors that have already work on Disney+’s inaugural Star Wars series.
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Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel, Sin City) officially confirmed on twitter that he has directed at least one episode of the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian. In the tweet that Rodriguez posted on May 4, Star Wars Day, he said, “I am humbled to say I have now had the very rare privilege of directing the biggest star in the universe” alongside a picture of himself and Baby Yoda.
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Peyton Reed (Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp) also tweeted on May 4, Star Wars Day, but this one wasn’t as clearly a confirmation. The tweet is a black and white picture of what looks like Din Djarin’s Mandalorian helmet on a director’s chair with Reed’s name and #MayThe4thBeWithYou.
Based on this picture, it seems to be a good indicator that Reed will be directing in this new season as well.
Jon Favreau wears many hats on The Mandalorian including writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Favreau previously announced that while he didn’t direct during the first season, due to his busy schedule directing the live action Lion King, he will be directing at least one episode in the upcoming season.
Dave Filoni, writer and executive producer, will also be directing during the second season. Filoni made his live action directorial debut last season with not only the first episode, but the fifth as well. Filoni has been involved with Star Wars for years now as he is synonymous with the Star Wars animated series.
His first Star Wars series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has just released the series finale on Star Wars Day, May 4, wrapping up a twelve year and seven season story.
Filoni created the fan favorite character Ahsoka Tano. Ahsoka was initially introduced in The Clone Wars animated movie and was a major character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She also appeared in Star Wars: Rebels. Ahsoka was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan before he fell to the dark side and became Darth Vader.
While Ahsoka has become a popular character among Star Wars fans her only appearance in live action was when Rey heard her voice among other Jedi during her battle with Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker. It looks like Ahsoka could be making her live action debut in the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian and Rosario Dawson may be playing her.
There are rumors that Bryce Dallas Howard could be returning to direct in the second season of The Mandalorian. The Jurassic World actress stepped behind the camera during The Mandalorian’s first season directing the fourth episode. While she didn’t confirm this, she did tweet a collage of behind the scenes shots from the docuseries Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian with a caption about the docuseries that premiered Star Wars Day, May 4.
The Mandalorian finished filming season two in March before the pandemic caused productions to shut down. Right now, the second season is in post-production. It also looks like season three of The Mandalorian is already in the works.
While the wait for the new season will be a while longer Disney+ has released the docuseries Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian to help tide over fans. This series, hosted by Favreau, will feature never before seen footage as well as roundtable interviews with the cast and crew. With eight episodes, this will likely be a deep dive into the creation of The Mandalorian and new episodes will premiere on Fridays.
The Mandalorian is the first of Disney+ live action Star Wars series with a Cassian Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and mystery female-centric live action series all in the works. The Mandalorian is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and the fall of the Empire. It follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter, Din Djarin, on his exploits throughout the Outer Rim as he works to protect “The Child” known by fans as Baby Yoda.
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