There has been a flurry of news over the past few days about the upcoming second season of The Mandalorian on Disney+. It is unclear if the new season is still expected to hit its October release date but it reportedly wrapped production earlier this month so it may have just avoided being completely derailed by a coronavirus-related shutdown. In the meantime, fans have been given some intriguing tidbits to speculate on including the apparent casting of a major character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars in live-action form. We are also hearing that at least one more well-known filmmaker will be behind the camera this season. Hit the jump for more details.
According to /Film (and later confirmed by Variety), Rosario Dawson will play Ahsoka Tano in the next season of The Mandalorian. If you don’t know who she is, you’re not alone… the character has not appeared in any of the Star Wars live-action feature films (save for a voice cameo in The Rise of Skywalker). She was a major character in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, however, and has gone on to appear in Star Wars: Rebels as well as comics, novels and video games as well. She was Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan and has some history with Mandalore so her involvement is not completely out of left field.
The other news (also coming from /Film) is that Robert Rodriguez is reportedly directing at least one episode of the new season. He was originally rumoured as a director on this season along with James Mangold and although Mangold debunked his own involvement, Rodriguez is now believed to be on board. He should be an interesting addition to the creative team as well, bringing a knack for creative action while maintaining the western vibe. Jon Favreau is also directing an episode this season along with Dave Filoni and Greef Karga himself, Carl Weathers. Does this news make you more excited for The Mandalorian: Season 2?