When you're in the position Disney+'s The Mandalorian of reportedly having Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison, Katee Sackhoff, and Michael Biehn joining your second season, it's safe to say you're feeling pretty good about how things are looking. Series creator Jon Favreau already confirmed October as the premiere month and that he was returning to direct. Joining his behind the camera are EP Dave Filoni, Peyton Reed (Ant-Man), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), actor Carl Weathers, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Dads), with Sam Hargrave (Extraction) running second-unit to amp up the action.
But that doesn't mean there still isn't a little time left to appreciate the critical and eyeball success surrounding the first live-action Star Wars spinoff series. Speaking recently with The Hollywood Reporter to promote his film Family Romance, LLC, acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog discussed what it was like working with the season's "breakout star" Baby Yoda (aka The Child), the level of the character's popularity, and how it was a "massive achievement for cinema." It was Herzog's "The Client" that got The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) on the adorable Force-choker's trail, and who would meet a proper fate by the end of the first season. He also explains how the "Volume" approach to filming is not only a blessing for actors but also a way of bringing filmmaking back to its production roots:
"I'm not really into the Internet, social media and the comments on the Internet. So, of course, it [Baby Yoda success] took me by surprise. But what's wrong with saying something good about Baby Yoda, which is really a phenomenal achievement? It's wonderfully created and sculpted, and a mechanical device that is a massive achievement for cinema. You can see it with your eyes, and you can touch it. That's why I said, 'Don't try to have a fallback, a plan B, and shoot it now in a digital remake of what you already have in the can. It's so wonderful. You cannot outdo it. Don't be cowards. You are trailblazers.' What The Mandalorian is doing with its technology, it replaces what has been very difficult for actors, cameras and for everything: the green screens. But here, with these round horizons, as an actor, you know where you are, and the camera knows and sees the foreign planet on which you are moving. This is a wonderful achievement. It's cinema where it always has been and where it should be back."
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, showrunner Jon 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.