Okay, now this is just starting to get silly. Disney+'s live-action Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian somehow found a way to pretty much fly above the coronavirus clouds, resulting in a steady stream of good news. With series creator Jon Favreau confirming the second season's October premiere, news leaks have Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison, and Michael Biehn joining the cast, with Favreau, executive producer Dave Filoni, Peyton Reed (Ant-Man), and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) helming episodes this go-around. You can now add Sam Hargrave's name to that list, with the Extraction director joining the series as second unit director. Collider reported the news first and exclusively as part of their overall conversation with Hargrave about his Netflix actioner.
Brought aboard for his skills at crafting intense, emotionally-draining action sequences, Hargrave explained how he first made it onto the Disney+'s series radar: "They actually came to me. It's crazy. I was in the middle of post [-production on Extraction] and I'm editing my movie and I got a call from my buddy Colin Wilson, one of the line producers, who said, 'Jon [Favreau] and the people over here are looking for someone to bring into the team or add to the family who has experience with action.' The team that was there did a great job in the first season and it was just all fun. But they wanted to build on that and bring a new perspective and take it to another level for the next season. So, I was like, 'That sounds like a fun challenge.'"
With Hargrave familiar with some of the people involved, he decided to see what he could bring to the production: "I like the people over there — Favreau's great — so I went over and it was a really fascinating adventure. They have a crazy way of shooting. Some of the stuff is traditionally shot, with the live-action and blue screen on the backlot, but they've also got this technology called 'The Volume' where it's just, like, the inside of a live game engine. It's quite insane what technology nowadays is available to filmmakers. It was really eye-opening, the potential of this technology that Jon and the guys had been working on. It was a really fun learning experience." (You can learn more about Hargrave's plans for the series here).
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, showrunner Favreau and Dave Filoni's (The Clone Wars) The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Disney+'s The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, and Mark Boone Jr. star.