The second season of The Mandalorian will be premiering in October 2020, and we’ll likely be seeing a trailer for the new season soon!
The first season featured a terrific team of directors, and it looks like season two won’t be any different. Though there has been no official announcement made, over the months we’ve heard from a number of people who, from the sound of it, took the director’s chair for season two!
Here’s the list of the directors we know about:
Before the first season was even released, showrunner Jon Favreau told Entertainment Weekly that he would be directing an episode in season two. “We’re working on season 2, writing, prepping with the directors and getting ready to direct myself, actually,” he said. “I didn’t get a chance the last time around because I was doing Lion King. So I’ll step in for one of them.” Favreau, of course, is heavily involved in the show in pretty much every way, serving as showrunner and executive producer, and now as director. He’s directed successful films such as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King.
Working very closely with Favreau is Dave Filoni, the Star Wars guru behind The Clone Wars, Rebels, and more. He and Favreau essentially lead the show, and Filoni is an executive producer and director. He directed two episodes of season one (including the pilot), and he’ll return to direct in season two. Cinematographer Baz Idoine posted a picture in March of a scene directed by Filoni, saying the show had wrapped (but that doesn’t necessarily mean Filoni is directing the season finale):
Another returning director is Rick Famuyiwa, who according to Discussing Film also directed in season two. Famuyiwa directed two episodes of season one, “Chapter 2: The Child” and “Chapter 6: The Prisoner.”
Bryce Dallas Howad
In an interview with Collider, Bryce Dallas Howard revealed that she directed an episode of The Mandalorian this season. She also directed an episode in season one, “Chapter 4: Sanctuary,” and has been getting more involved in work directing as well as her acting career.
Like Favreau, Carl Weathers is a familiar face to the show, but will be stepping into the director’s role for the first time on The Mandalorian. Weathers is a well-known actor who plays Greef Karga in the show, but he’s also getting more into directing. So in season one, Favreau promised Weathers that he could direct an episode if there was a second season, and he honored his word. “By Carl being there and being part of it, and seeing how we were putting this together, experimenting with it and seeing it all come together, he was perfectly qualified,” Favreau said. “He understood the story, he understood the characters, the cast, and the technology. So it’s really fun to be working for Carl now.”
On May 4, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez posted on Twitter that he got a chance to direct an episode of The Mandalorian.
Another newcomer to the show is Peyton Reed, who also posted on Twitter that he had taken the director’s chair on The Mandalorian‘s second season:
That makes seven directors we know of for the second season of the show, and it looks like another very impressive group. Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Bryce Dallas Howard return from season one, while Jon Favreau and Carl Weathers are both increasing their involvement on the production to include director. Robert Rodriguez and Peyton Reed have been added to the team.
It’s worth noting that the crew of directors from season one included five people: Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Taika Waititi. The first three names are returning for season two, and the latter two have both been given separate Star Wars projects: Taika Waititi is writing and directing a theatrical Star Wars film, while Deborah Chow is serving as the showrunner on the Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action series. So all five directors from season one are still very involved in the Star Wars universe, and I’d expect this show to continue to serve as a bit of a testing ground for future projects with Lucasfilm as well.