It’s safe to say that Disney Plus’s first trip to a galaxy far, far away – The Mandalorian – has been a success, with a great critical reception and the world’s obsession with Baby Yoda being enough to secure the Star Wars spin-off a second season.
And according to the series’ leading man, we have plenty to look forward to in The Mandalorian season 2.
“There are some pretty mind-blowing things,” series star Pedro Pascal said of the upcoming episodes.
“I think expectations will be exceeded. [Fans’] love of Star Wars will be injected with steroids.”
Continuing the adventures of Mando (Pedro Pascal) and his pint-sized chum, the new episodes will also delve deeper into Star Wars mythology with appearances from characters who featured in both the classic movies and the modern animated spin-offs. In other words, yes, Ahsoka lives – but does Boba Fett as well?
Jon Favreau returns as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the spin-off show about the titular bounty hunter, which will be joined on Disney Plus by two prequel series focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Rogue One’s Cassian Andor.
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The Mandalorian season two is set to arrive on Disney+ in autumn 2020, specifically (according to Disney chief Bob Iger) October 2020, roughly a year after the first season was released in the US.
While. no announcements have been made relating to the UK release, it’s assumed that unlike the first series there will be no delays before The Mandalorian is available.
Recently, Jon Favreau confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic hadn’t shifted the release date, noting that the series had completed filming before the worldwide shutdown.
“We were lucky enough to have finished photography before the lock down,” he said during a virtual panel for the ATX Television Festival.
“Thanks to how technology-forward Lucasfilm and ILM are, we have been able to do all of our visual effects and editing and postproduction remotely through systems that had been set up by those companies for us.”
Favreau confirmed the start of shooting with an Instagram post on 13th November 2019, barely a day after the very first episode of series one premiered in America.
The first trailer for The Mandalorian’s first season (see below) were released at the D23 Expo on 23rd August, 2019, around three months ahead of the show’s November launch on Disney Plus in the US.
Though it seems unlikely that D23 will go ahead in 2020 – at least not in the same format – due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’d be reasonable to expect a first-look at season two footage within a similar timeframe – so from around July 2020.
The Mandalorian season 2 cast
The only name officially confirmed for season two so far is Pedro Pascal, who of course plays the show’s title character – though it’s probable we’ll see more of The Mandalorian’s season one supporting cast including Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Gina Carano as Cara Dune and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon.
In March, it was revealed that Aliens actor Michael Biehn would be joining the cast as a bounty hunter from Mando’s past, with Katee Sackhoff also due to appear as Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan Kryze, reprising the role from the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Justified star Timothy Olyphant has also been cast in a top-secret role, as has prequel star Temuera Morrison, which could suggest a return for original movie character Boba Fett (see below).
Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels, will appear in The Mandalorian season two (apparently) as Boba Fett, his original character’s offspring/clone who was played by Jeremy Bulloch in the original Star Wars movies.
Of course, the last time we saw Boba he was plummeting into the mouth of the deadly Sarlacc, so it remains to be seen how he survived – but considering he’s essentially the inspiration for the entire Mandalorian series, it seems inevitable he’ll play a big part somehow.
Boba vs. Mando? We can’t wait to find out who’ll shoot first…
But is there more to the story? /Film has reported that the newly-revealed cast member Timothy Olyphant has filmed scenes wearing Boba Fett’s armour, leading many to believe that he’ll be playing a character called Cobb Vanth.
Vanth has cropped up relatively recently in Chuck Wendig’s official Star Wars: Aftermath tie-in novels, where he bought Fett’s armour (presumably retrieved from the Sarlacc pit) to wear while he acted as a protector and sheriff for a small settlement on Tattooine.
If Olyphant is playing Vanth, will Morrison just play Fett in flashbacks? Will Mando take him to task for co-opting the Mandalorian religion? Or will a surprising return be on the cards for the original helmeted anti-hero? Only time will tell..
The Mandalorian season 2 filming
It’s understood that the coronavirus lockdown has not affected the release of season TWO, given that production had already wrapped on the series by March.
Furthermore it’s been reported that a third season of The Mandalorian is already in the works at Disney+, with Jon Favreau having started writing the scripts during lockdown and the art department and production design beginning work as well.
How can I watch The Mandalorian season 2 in the UK?
As with season one, The Mandalorian will be available on Disney’s new streaming service Disney Plus.
The service has already launched in the UK, with The Mandalorian season one releasing weekly following an initial two-episode drop on 24th March.
The Mandalorian season 2 episodes
Naturally, given the high-profile nature of the series, little has been revealed about the nature of the plot for season two, but possibilities include more backstory about The Child (Baby Yoda) and a face-off between Mando and legendary Star Wars character Boba Fett, now rumoured to be appearing in season two.
“As we explore partnering with new filmmakers and having new characters and going deeper with the characters we already have, it’s really been very fun and fulfilling and I hope people are having as much fun seeing it as we are having making it,” Favreau said.
Sam Witwer, who has previously voiced Darth Maul in The Clone Wars, has revealed that he has heard big things about the second season. Speaking in a recent interview with Star Wars Holocron, Witwer said, “There are things that [Dave Filoni] has coming in The Mandalorian Season 2 that are going to blow people’s minds.”
Ahsoka in The Mandalorian season 2
Rosario Dawson and Star Wars Rebels’ Ahsoka Tano (Getty, Sky)
It’s been reported that season two of The Mandalorian will see Rosario Dawson play Ahsoka Tano, a central character from animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, in her live-action debut, also becoming The Mandalorian’s first Jedi character (or at least, ex-Jedi).
Who will direct The Mandalorian season 2?
After mostly writing and producing the previous season, Jon Favreau himself will also be sitting in the director’s chair this time.
“We’re working on season two, writing, prepping with the directors and getting ready to direct myself, actually,” Jon Favreau told Entertainment Weekly in September 2019. “I didn’t get a chance the last time around because I was doing Lion King. So I’ll step in for one of them.”
Check out the directors announced so far below.
Jon Favreau: The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Iron Man
Carl Weathers: Hawaii Five-O, A Burger and a Bullet and The Mandalorian’s Greef Carga actor
Robert Rodriguez: From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Sin City, Alita: Battle Angel
Peyton Reed: The Break Up, Yes Man, Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp
However, despite having directed the series finale last time out, acclaimed director Taika Waititi – who also voices droid IG-11 on the show – has confirmed that he will not be returning to helm any season two episodes, instead taking on a new Star Wars movie project.
The full list of directors for season two has not yet been announced, and so it remains to be seen whether any of the other season one directors, including Bryce Dallas Howard, will return.
Will there be spin-offs from The Mandalorian?
It’s very possible.
Bob Iger has said that Disney is considering “the possibility of infusing it with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”
Meanwhile Disney+ has also launched a companion series, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, with Jon Favreau telling stories about the making of the show.