The coronavirus pandemic may have left most of Hollywood at a standstill, but it looks like Star Wars fans still have something to look forward to. According to Jon Favreau, the second season of The Mandalorian is on track to hit its planned October debut date on Disney+.
Favreau’s announcement came at the ATX Television Festival, in which The Mandalorian executive producer confirmed that filming finished before the lock down took effect:
“We were lucky enough to have finished photography… Thanks to how technology-forward Lucasfilm and ILM are, we have been able to do all of our visual effects and editing and post-production remotely through systems that had been set up by those companies for us.”
For those unfamiliar, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the titular bounty hunter, who has been tasked with tracking down and eventually protecting a mysterious alien child—or, Baby Yoda, as everyone and their mothers calls it. The show has attracted incredible talent, both in front of and behind the camera; season one featured a supporting cast of Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, and Carl Weathers in episodes directed by Taika Watiti, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Details on the show’s second season have been anything but sparse, yet the more we find out, the more questions we have. Actors Katee Sackoff, Michael Biehn, and Timothy Olyphant are joining the cast, with the latter actor donning Boba Fett’s trademark armor. Yet, he’s not playing Fett, as that role belongs to Temuera Morrison, who is also joining season 2. Then there’s Rosario Dawson, who will play the first live-action take on Ahsoka Tano, a beloved character from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, a bit of casting that rocked the online media circuit earlier this year. These details, on top of all of the first season’s dangling threads, leaves the majority of what’s to come a complete mystery.
Back in February, former-Disney CEO Bob Iger teased that more seasons of The Mandalorian are all but a given, and possible spin-offs are even on the table. Given how popular the streaming series has become after just eight episodes, it sounds like Favreau and co. are going to have plenty to keep them busy for a while.
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