Season 2 of The Mandalorian is already in production, with Carl Weathers stepping up from cast member to director for one episode. Set to be the first live-action Star Wars TV series, the show is also one of the first pieces of original content made exclusively for Disney's streaming service, Disney+. Thankfully, fans of the galaxy far, far away will soon be able to experience what Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels) have created.
Anticipation for The Mandalorian has been high for quite some time now, but the fever for the series really kicked in over the last few months upon the release of the first trailer. The good news is that early reactions to extended footage shown for The Mandalorian have proven to be quite positive. This isn't just exciting for fans who are looking forward to the series, but also for Disney and Lucasfilm, who quietly had already begun movement on a second season.
During a press event for The Mandalorian that Screen Rant attended, Favreau and Filoni were joined by cast members Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), and Carl Weathers (Greef Carga) for a Q&A panel. The creators and cast discussed a variety of topics, including the status of season 2. Favreau confirmed that filming has already begun on the second season with a mysterious director working on the series the night before. While the identity of that director was not revealed, it was confirmed that Weathers will direct an episode this season. Weathers most recently directed an episode of Hawaii Five-0.
With production already rolling on season 2 of The Mandalorian, Disney and Lucasfilm clearly have a lot of confidence that the first season is going to be a hit. Favreau has already said he wants to direct an episode in season 2, and Filoni is likely to direct another as well. But, Weathers will now be the second known cast member to also direct an episode, as Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) directed a season one episode and also voices IG-11. It is unconfirmed that Weathers will reprise his role as Carga in season 2, but as he took on a larger part in season one than originally envisioned, it is expected that his character will return.
Now that it has been confirmed that The Mandalorian is back in production on another season, it will be fascinating to see when we learn about more new developments. Lucasfilm and Disney undoubtedly want to keep the focus on season one for the time being, but new cast members and the director lineup for season 2 will be sought after information. But, some of this could be sensitive information based on how the first season wraps up. With the season finale airing at the end of the year, it may not be until 2020 that more details on season 2 emerge.
The Mandalorian premieres Tuesday, November 12 on Disney+, and will roll-out new episodes on a (typically) weekly basis thereafter.
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