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The Mandalorian Season 2: Sam Hargrave Talks Upping Action; The Volume
On Monday, fans of Disney+'s live-action Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian learned that Extraction director Sam Hargrave would be joining the second season as a second unit director. Hargrave joins a list of new faces expected for season 2, both in front of (Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison, and Michael Biehn) and behind the cameras (series creator Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni, as well as Ant-Man's Peyton Reed and Sin City's Robert Rodriguez). During his sit down with Collider, Hargrave was asked if he was feeling confident about being able to elevate the action on a series whose first season level of action was already pretty impressive. Aside from not being in the editing room like he was for his Netflix hit, Hargrave's feeling very good about the work that's been done:
"I am confident. The difference is, with Extraction, I'm in the editing room so I can be extremely confident [the action] is going to be what it's going to be. I'm not editing these episodes. […] But I know the footage we delivered, as a second-unit, they seemed to be happy with. We worked closely with the stunt team there, with Bryan Watson and the team that had done the first season; they did a really great job. You know, it was just to bring a little extra perspective, add a few things, things I've learned while working on superhero movies, little tricks which make the performances easier and using visual effects to enhance certain things. Just bringing a little bit of experience and knowledge to where we could take it to another level and up the ante. The next season is really, really cool. The way the story arcs is really cool. So we tried to have the action represent that and take it to the next level. I think we did that."
As for filming the action sequences themselves, Hargrave didn't find "The Volume" (a filming room that allows for seamless integration between CGI and practical sets) restrictive. Not that there wasn't a snag here and there: "Truthfully, it didn't really impact us on the action side. It did limit what you could do in the space because The Volume is closed in and its got a ceiling cap, so sometimes if you have, for example, in the first season [the Mandalorian] has a jetpack and they move him with a wire and he's not just running around, it's harder to execute that because there are restrictions on the height you can get your equipment to. So, from a design standpoint, it's a little constrictive." (You can learn more about Hargrave's plans for the series here and 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.