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Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez to direct The Mandalorian Season 2

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Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez are both heading to the Star Wars universe later this year, with the pair confirming they have directed episodes of The Mandalorian’s second season.

Set after the fall of the Empire in Episode VI, long after the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, the Disney+ series follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) plays the eponymous bounty hunter on a mission to collect a particularly difficult prize. The cast also includes Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte and Gina Carano, as well as Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito – and, of course, one Baby Yoda.

That combination of talent has seen Jon Favreau’s series soar to pop culture sensation status almost immediately, with a second run swiftly commissioned by Disney. One part of the show’s success has been the bringing together of different voices to direct each episode of Season 1, with storytellers taking the helm including Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa.

Now, Season 2 has two helmers confirmed, with El Mariachi director Robert Rodriguez and Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Peyton Reed taking May the 4th as the ideal occasion to reveal their involvement.

Favreau and Filoni will both be directing episodes as well, but the rest of the filmmaking team is yet to be revealed and may well see some of Season 1’s helmers return. What we do know is that Michael Biehn and Rosario Dawson have joined the cast in front of the camera, with Dawson expected to play Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano.

The show is currently in post-production ready for an anticipated release date this October. In the meantime, you can see new episodes weekly of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, a new behind-the-scenes series.

The Mandalorian will return to Disney+ for Season 2

27th December 2019M

Disney has officially renewed The Mandalorian for a second season.

The live-action Star Wars series is the flagship title for Disney’s new subscription streaming platform, Disney+, which launched in the US on 12th November and comes to the UK on 31st March 2020. It is set after the fall of the Empire in Episode VI. After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, it follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) plays the eponymous bounty hunter on a mission to collect a particularly difficult prize. The cast also includes Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte and Gina Carano, as well as Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito.

Season 2 debuted its finale on Disney+ today and, within hours of its arrival, showrunner and creator Jon Favreau confirmed that Season 2 was officially on the way, with a release date of autumn 2020.

Filming has already been teased on Season 2 by Favreau, but this is the first time that the sophomore run has been officially announced. Favreau did so on social media with a picture of a Gamorrean, a pig-lizard species that fans will recognise from Jabba the Hut’s palace in Return of the Jedi, which suggests that we’ll either find out more about their home planet or even head to Tatooine for some Jabba-related action.

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