Some of the things we do know about the second season of Disney +'s The Mandalorian? Jon Favreau is back in charge, it's set to return in October 2020, there's a damn good chance WWE pro-wrestler Sasha Banks has some kind of part in it, and Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) believes his Darksaber-wielding bad guy could make a turn towards the light in the near future (more on that in a minute).
One thing that we can tell you is definitely not happening? Writer/director James Mangold (Logan & Ford v Ferrari) is not directing an episode this season… never had a conversation about directing… and isn't exactly too happy with loose rumors being sold as fact.
Here's a look at Mangold's Twitter response to Ron Howard, who retweeted the IGN report (also reported by others) that Mangold and Robert Rodriguez were directing during the upcoming season, and that Bryce Dallas Howard was returning to helm. We're not sure about Rodriguez or Dallas Howard – but Mangold?
Hey Ron. I'm so pleased if it's true about Bryce directing another part of Mandalorian, but I can tell you its not true about me. Not doing it, never discussed it. And I suggest fans should look at who's "reporting" this & make a note that these sites present conjecture as fact.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) February 29, 2020
We're thinking Disney acolytes mixed up two of the 9,387 geek properties that "The Mouse" has its tiny little teeth into: Mangold is reportedly in talks to helm "Indiana Jones 5" after Steven Spielberg stepped away from the director's chair for this adventure.
Earlier this month at Fan Expo Vancouver 2020, Esposito made the case that Gideon's "bigger picture" vision makes him ripe material for a turn towards the light in the upcoming season (or seasons):
"I love the villains because they could possibly be redeemed as really being good human beings. Moff Gideon is someone who is basically a warden of one of the planets, or one of the galaxies, that are given to Moffs to oversee so that people don't overrun and take people out. He's sort of a warden. But Moff Gideon, my Moff, is the top warden. So he could be there to change things for the better.
Even though he's not approved by everyone, they will see him having done so. So I love the villain, because there's room to grow. There's room for the dark to come to the light, and I love that people love the villains, because villains can be redeemed. There's something that they really want, and I think Moff Gideon, in the end, wants to see our universe survive."
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the drama from showrunner Jon Favreau (The Lion King) and Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) 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.
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.