Jon Favreau and Pedro Pascal Share Insight into the Future of Star Wars The Mandalorian. Less than a week after filming ended for season 2 of The Mandalorian, the world shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, the production crew easily adapted to the new “work from home” model for editing the new season and were successful in finishing the second season in time for the slated premiere on October 30th. Showrunner Jon Favreau and series star Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian/Din Djarin) spoke with Variety about there experience while filming the second season and how the show will move forward with the now confirmed 3rd season despite the new industry standards in place due to the continuing pandemic.
“We’re operating under the assumption that we’ll be able to go forward,” Favreau shared. “We’re in very small situations and oftentimes we have a lot of characters in masks and we also have a lot of digital work that augments things. So we’re a show that’s probably well-equipped to be flexible based on the protocols that are emerging surrounding work restarting.”
Variety also asked the famed showrunner and executive producer if we can expect to see some familiar faces joining the cast in season 2 to which he tiptoed any confirmation, but left plenty of room for the possibility.
Favreau shared, “I love the world of ‘Star Wars’ because, on the one hand, there’s a familiarity with this sub-genre, but there’s also a tremendous amount of flexibility of which way you can go and genres you could explore within that sub-genre,” Favreau said. “As we’re meeting new characters, and as we’re starting to hit our stride, from a production standpoint with how this technology can be used, we are beginning to explore where we could go.”
Since the initial premiere of the series last year, many fans have been excited by the idea that The Mandalorian could easily develop into a Star Wars film, and though there are no public plans for a Mando movie in the works by Lucasfilm, both Favreau and Pascal are very open to the possibility.
“The line is blurring now,” Favreau . “Things that you would have only seen in the movie theater, you’re seeing on streaming, and I think it could go the other way as well. But we’re definitely open to it and excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now.”
“Technology is always offering new opportunities to tell stories in a fresh way,” Favreau continued. “It’s a very exciting time to be doing this and I feel very grateful that we’re able to be able to work remotely, because of the nature of the technology that we’re dealing with. So we’re continuing to try to move forward and keep the ball rolling, even though it’s been a challenging time for everyone.”
“I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big screen experience,” Pedro added. “But it seems to work so well that also I’m not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know? I mean, I certainly know that the challenge can be met. It’s not like these people don’t have the experience. If anybody can do it, they can!”
Season 2 of The Mandalorian is set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Oct 3oth. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co for updates and all things Disney+ and Star Wars!
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