One of the best directors on the Star Wars live-action shows on Disney+ is returning once more to direct an episode of The Mandalorian, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed recently that Bryce Dallas Howard directed an episode of season three fo the show, which will premiere in February 2023.
The only reason this wouldn’t have been a no-brainer was if Lucasfilm had given Howard a project of her own, which she very much deserves. But until then, it’s terrific news that she’s once again a director on the series. She was part of the initial group of directors on The Mandalorian‘s first season, helping to bring live-action Star Wars to the small screen for the first time ever. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are the showrunners on a massive and ever-expanding wealth of shows and material. Deborah Chow helmed the highly-successful Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Taika Waititi is developing a film that will be the next Star Wars movie to hit theaters. Rick Famuyiwa is now not only a director on The Mandalorian, but an executive producer as well.
And then there’s Howard, who will now have directed on all three seasons of The Mandalorian, as well as The Book of Boba Fett. She and Dave Filoni were the only two to direct on each season previously (it’s unknown whether Filoni directed an episode of season three, but he’s certainly directly involved).
But it’s not only that she’s directed often, it’s that the episodes she’s directed have been tremendous. In the first season of The Mandalorian, she directed “Chapter 4: Sanctuary,” and then in season two directed “Chapter 11: The Heiress.” Then in The Book of Boba Fett she directed “Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian.” Her work speaks for itself, and we’re very fortunate as Star Wars fans to have her returning for season three. Let’s just hope there’s even more Star Wars in store from Howard in the future.