On Monday, not only did we get a new trailer for The Mandalorian season three, but we also got the official announcement about the directors on the third season as well.
Some we knew about and others we didn’t, but we now have the complete list. Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Carl Weathers are returning directors, while Lee Isaac Chung, Rachel Morrison, and Peter Ramsey are new additions for the series.
Famuyiwa has directed an episode in each of the first two seasons of the show, helming “Chapter 6: The Prisoner” and “Chapter 15: The Believer.” His work on the series led to him becoming an executive producer on the third season as well as a director, joining Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Howard has directed episodes in both of the first two seasons of the show, “Chapter 4: Sanctuary” and “Chapter 11: The Heiress”, and she also directed an episode of The Book of Boba Fett, “Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian.” Her episodes have been some of the very best, and she is the only person to direct on all three seasons of The Mandalorian plus The Book of Boba Fett. Weathers stepped into the director’s chair for an episode of season two, “Chapter 12: The Siege,” but he also stars as Greef Karga in all three seasons of the show. The episode he directed in season two was the one in which Greef played a major role, so perhaps that will again be true in season three. We’ll have to wait and see.
As for the newcomers, it seems like a strong lineup. Chung is best known for directing the film Minari, which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Morrison’s list of directorial credits isn’t huge, but her work as a cinematographor has been praised, working on Black Panther as well as being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Mudbound. Ramsey was a co-director on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Ramsey is also reportedly directing an episode of the upcoming Ahsoka series.
Speaking of Ahsoka, that is the likely explanation for why Dave Filoni is not directing an episode on season three, which will mark the first season in the Mandoverse to not have Filoni actually directing. But his involvement in the series remains as strong as ever, serving as executive producer and showrunner alongside Jon Favreau, and he co-wrote two of the episodes this season with Favreau. It seems his most hands-on work is being done on Ahsoka, though, and that makes perfect sense. We don’t know the full list of directors on that show, but it seems to be shaping up nicely.