The Galaxy’s Edge theme park experience has been intended to be a canon event that happens within the timeframe between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, and the characters from The Mandalorian, as we know them, obviously can’t exist within that same space.
Jim Hill of The Disney Dish podcast has shared that Disney plans to add The Mandalorian, Grogu, Ahsoka Tano, and Boba Fett as roaming characters to both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge locations
“We should anticipate seeing meet-and-greet opportunities with Mando and the Child, likewise Boba Fett will start making appearances, also Ahsoka Tano…”
There are a couple moves that Disney could be making here. The first is that Galaxy’s Edge is moving away from the Sequel Trilogy era, which has been highly controversial to put things mildly, and going all-in to capitalize on the much wider appeal of The Mandalorian. Should that be the case, the First Order stormtroopers could be replaced with Imperial Remnant forces, the Resistance X-Wing can easily be swapped with one belonging to the New Republic and, as Hill suggested, the Razor Crest might take the place of the First Order shuttle.
Given that Disney+ is not available worldwide just yet, this title isn’t surprising.
Right now, the streaming platform is only limited to certain countries like the U.S. and the U.K., meaning some Asian countries like the Philippines and Singapore have yet to be included in the rollout.
TorrentFreak shared in a report that The Mandalorian is the most pirated TV show released in 2020. The hit Disney+ series outlasted Prime Video’s The Boys and HBO’s Westworld to claim the top spot.
The series “dethroned” HBO’s Game of Thrones, as, in 2019, the HBO epic was the most-downloaded TV series. Last year, The Mandalorian earned its spot as the third-most-pirated TV series
1. The Mandalorian
2. The Boys
5. Star Trek: Picard
6. Rick and Morty
7. The Walking Dead
8. The Outsider
10. The Flash
This means that fans from other parts of the world have no choice but to use torrent sites to obtain episodes of The Mandalorian in order to avoid spoilers on social media.
It is often said that all a director needs is a camera and a subject, and Robert Rodriguez drives that point home with his intuitive planning. Rodriguez’ ability to plan out scenes with the few resources that he had is somewhat inspiring, demonstrating to aspiring filmmakers that even the most prolific of directors aren’t afraid go back to basics.
During the latest special of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Robert Rodriguez talked about how he dressed his sons up in his Star Wars Halloween costumes in order to block out the various Boba Fett action sequences featured in “The Tragedy.”
“Since I didn’t have stuntmen at my disposal, I used my Star Wars action figures, cause a picture’s worth a thousand words and helped me just communicate what I was going for with a crew. And when I first showed it to Jon [Favreau] and Dave Filoni, Dave said ‘Wait a minute, were those just action figures I saw?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah, I didn’t have anything else on hand.’ And he said, ‘No, you don’t understand. That makes it the coolest animatic ever.’ And I just thought, ‘These are my people!'”
It is also interesting to see how Rodriguez’ original vision translates to the final product, almost being identical in shot composition and blocking. This displays how in tune Rodriguez is with filmic language, being able to create effective shots without the need for fancy equipment or Volumes.
The fact that The Mandalorian was left off of this official list of dates does seem to indicate that the third season will be getting a 2022 release window. While this may be disappointing to fans due to an extended wait, a potential back-to-back production with The Book of Boba Fett does suggest that Season 3 should follow soon after Boba Fett’s solo series. While this is pure speculation, it is likely that a third season of The Mandalorian would reasonably release in the first or second quarter of 2022 at the latest.
In a recent tweet, Julia Alexander of The Verge posted a list of dates from a preview kit for Disney+’s upcoming 2021 releases. While the dates list several key Marvel and Star Wars series set to be released in 2021 (such as The Book of Boba Fett and Star Wars: The Bad Batch), it notably omits The Mandalorian Season 3.
This seemingly confirms that The Mandalorian’s third season will be releasing on the streaming service in 2022, or later
This decision makes financial sense, as it results in Disney+ subscribers continuously renewing their subscription over a longer period of time. While it would have been exciting for fans to get two Star Wars shows running simultaneously, this would not have been as lucrative as a staggered release for the two series. Lucasfilm is well-aware of the success of The Mandalorian, so will be quite happy to make fans wait if it means greater profits down the line. Let’s just hope that the long wait is more than worth it.
Jon Favreau has just confirmed two notable aspects of The Book of Boba Fett. Firstly, the series will not be The Mandalorian’s third season, being an entirely separate show. Secondly, the two shows seem to have a back-to-back production cycle, with Boba Fett coming first and The Mandalorian starting straight after.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Jon Favreau discussed The Book of Boba Fett and how it differs from The Mandalorian. The show’s executive producer confirmed that the series is separate from The Mandalorian and that Season 3 will begin production “right after” The Book of Boba Fett:
“So this is actually separate from The Mandalorian Season 3, but what we didn’t say in that announcement is that the next show coming, Kathy [Kennedy] said ‘the next chapter,’ and that’s gonna be The Book of Boba Fett. And then we go into production right after that on Season 3 of The Mandalorian, y’know, back with the main character we all have known and loved.”
The Mandalorian creator continued, giving an update on how far in development each project is
“We’re working on [The Mandalorian Season 3’s] pre-production now, while we’re in production of Boba Fett.
Favreau’s wording was vague though, as it is still unclear if The Mandalorian’s filming will begin after production of The Book of Boba Fett finishes or after the series’ release in December. It is more likely, however, that it is the former, as pre-production has already begun on The Mandalorian’s third season.
While Pascal has discussed the process many times, the work it takes to nail Mando’s subtleties often seems to go unappreciated. The epic action sequences will always be more memorable, but the limited motion and variation in vocal inflection are the biggest contributors to creating Din Djarin’s stoicism. The showdown with Lang in “Chapter 13” is an excellent example of this, a sequence with very limited movement from the titular hero that still manages to communicate his thoughts and intentions.
“The biggest challenge in playing Mando in season 2 is still the obvious, in that, how to in subtle ways, be it through vocal intonation or physical stillness/posture, large movements, small movements, to dramatically convey a scene and keep the character compelling because he is economical anyway, much less being armored from the tips of his toes to the top of his head. It is a physical challenge that is met creatively in terms of how technically you can achieve that. It will always be particularly unique in that regard.”
The star noted that without his theater training, playing Mando may not have been possible:
I’m not even sure if I would be able to do it if it weren’t for the amount of direct experience that I’ve had with being on stage to understand how to posture yourself, how to physically frame yourself into something and to tell a story with a gesture, with a stance, or with very, very specific vocal intonation.”
Grogu may be the star of the set, but even he couldn’t hold Pascal’s attention over Peli Motto herself.
“I followed Amy Sedaris around like a puppy. [I was] like, ‘Hey again. I’m not leaving your side until you wrap,’ and she’s like, ‘Cool,’” Pascal says. “I love the Child — it really is adorable — and it is so fascinating to see it work, but somebody who makes you spit-laugh right into your helmet will always be my favorite thing.”
The actor crediting his stage work for allowing him to pull off the role is very interesting. Adam Driver has also done his fair share of theater and put what he learned towards bringing Kylo Ren’s physicality to life, and Ian McDiarmid is a classical trained Shakespearian actor who’s applied the grandeur that those roles provided to performing the Emperor