The second season of The Mandalorian maybe adding some major talent to its roster as a new rumor indicates that Robert Rodriguez and James Mangold will be directing episodes of the show’s second season.
The Mandalorian has been a massive success for Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. The show received widespread acclaim from both fans and critics and shocked everyone by being a Star Wars related property that fans universally agreed was good. The Mandalorian also had its share of big-name directors working on the series. This included Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow. But now The Mandalorian may be adding even more talent to its director roster.
According to a new rumor from Star Wars centered Black Series Rebels podcast, directors James Mangold and Robert Rodriguez may be joining The Mandalorian. Robert Rodriguez is a filmmaker who is primarily known as an R-rated action film director. Robert Rodriguez’s filmography has included films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time In Mexico and, most recently, Alita: Battle Angel. While Robert Rodriguez’s resume may not appear to be the most family-friendly, the director has worked on several films that could be interpreted as modern westerns. A common observation of The Mandalorian is that the Star Wars series is more like a space western so handing over an episode to Robert Rodriguez may not be all that farfetched of an idea.
More interestingly, director James Mangold was also mentioned as a potential director. Like Robert Rodriguez, James Mangold’s filmography likewise has a lot of hard, R-Rated films in it. However, the director was signed on to direct a Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm. Like many of the other Star Wars spinoff films, however, the Boba Fett film was scrapped after Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed at the box office and Star Wars projects began to shift towards Disney+. James Mangold is also in talks to replace Steven Spielberg for Indiana Jones 5.
You can see the full podcast episode below:
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Here is the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of 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, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The Star Wars series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.
Dave Filoni will direct the first episode of The Mandalorian and additional episodes of the Star Wars series were helmed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow.
The Mandalorian is now available exclusively on Disney Plus.
Source: Black Series Rebels