Stars of The Mandalorian, the Disney+ series credited with reinvigorating the Star Wars franchise, have leaked details about the continuing story of a galaxy far, far, away.
Carl Weathers, who plays bounty hunter guild leader Greef Garga, recently revealed that Season 3 of The Mandalorian would begin filming in September 2021. “And so now, we’re gonna start a new season of The Mandalorian, within the next month. Yeah.” Weathers also shared that he will be directing an episode again, similar to his turn behind the camera on Season 2 Episode 4’s “The Siege”.
Giancarlo Esposito, who portrays villain Moff Gideon, was on the same page: “They just finished shooting Boba Fett and soon they will start on season three.” Though actor Pedro Pascal, who plays Din Djarin is currently shooting The Last of Us for HBO, the production of The Mandalorian will not be halted. Din Djarin is masked for the majority of the action, ensuring that “We never have to wait on Pedro,” Esposito added.
These statements corroborate reports that “Huckleberry Industries”, the production company behind The Mandalorian, would commence shooting from September 20 through March 23, 2022. Filming will take place in Manhattan Beach Studios and the train yard location.
This season’s shooting schedule is 6 months, as opposed to Seasons 1 and 2, which filmed for 4 months. It is speculated that the longer schedule is due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Book of Boba Fett series finished filming the return to Tatooine in 7 months, finally completed in July 2021 for this reason.
Based on previous premiere dates, it is expected that Season 3 will air about 13 months after filming begins, in the fall of 2022. In the meantime, fans can get their Star Wars fix by tuning into The Book of Boba Fett, announced to be released in December 2021, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in early 2022.