The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson would direct an episode of The Mandalorian “in a heartbeat”

The director has clearly not been dissuaded against returning to the franchise

Rian Johnson (Getty, EH)

Although it’s probably fair to say Rian Johnson’s first foray into a galaxy far far away proved divisive amongst the Star Wars fanbase, the filmmaker clearly hasn’t been deterred against returning to the franchise.

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The acclaimed director of Knives Out has claimed that he’d love to direct an episode of The Mandalorian‘s second season, claiming he’d do so “in a heartbeat.”

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN.

Speaking on the RealBlend podcast, Johnson responded to a question about whether he’d like to direct an episode by saying, “Hell yeah! Man, if I had the time, I would get in there in a heartbeat. I had a set visit for Season 1 and it looked amazing. It looked like so much fun!”

Johnson is also reported to still be in talks to write and direct a brand new Star Wars trilogy, although details on when that might begin are still rather thin on the ground.

John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Lucasfilm, HF)

Star Wars bosses have clearly been impressed with the director’s vision, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi having proved a major hit with critics, despite a minority of fans taking against the film.

The Mandalorian is currently airing its first series across the Atlantic, although it is not yet available in the UK – with British and Irish viewers having to wait till 31st March 2020 until they can see the show, when Disney+ launches here.

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There is not yet an official premiere date for the second season, so it could be a while till we see if Johnson does indeed return, but one thing is for sure – we’d be all for it!