The Mandalorian Season 3 Taps Black Panther, Spider-Verse Alums to Direct
The Mandalorian just expanded its line-up of directing talent to include alumni from big screen blockbusters Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison and Into the Spider-Verse co-director Peter Ramsay will helm episodes of the Disney+ series' third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other directors confirmed for The Mandalorian Season 3 include Minari's Lee Isaac Chung and series veterans Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard and Carl Weathers (who also portrays Greef Karga). It's currently unclear how many episodes each director will call the shots on. There's also no word on whether series creator Jon Favreau will direct any of the upcoming season's installments, having previously overseen Season 2's premiere, "Chapter 9: The Marshal."
The Mandalorian has dominated the pop culture conversation in recent weeks, as the Star Wars show's third season edges ever closer to its March 2023 debut. A new trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3 dropped on Jan. 16, adding to the hype surrounding the series' return. The trailer focuses primarily on protagonist Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and his surrogate son Grogu, as they embark on a quest to restore Din's standing within his Mandalorian clan. Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) also makes an appearance in the trailer, as do Din's other associates The Armorer (Emily Swallow) and Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris).
Pedro Pascal Talks The Mandalorian S3
That said, The Mandalorian Season 3 trailer nevertheless keeps the next batch of episodes' plot specifics largely under wraps, something star Pedro Pascal previously noted will pay off once the third season airs. "I think some of the best things about Season 1 and Season 2 of The Mandalorian were the surprises," he said. "There's so much that you're going to see." Pascal cited Grogu's introduction in Season 1 premiere "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" and Luke Skywalker's appearance in Season 2 finale "Chapter 16: The Rescue" as instances where fans benefited from the production's emphasis on secrecy.
This isn't the first time the Chilean-American actor has referenced previous seasons of The Mandalorian while discussing Season 3. Notably, Pascal recently teased that the show's third season would tie up several plot threads set up in the first. "[W]e're going to get a lot of things that were introduced into the storytelling early in Season 1, themes and ideas that you'll remember once we get into [the] full fruition of Season 3, and it's epic, epic... but I'm not lying, it is epic... the amount of times I say 'epic' gives everything away, okay?" he said.
The Mandalorian Season 3 arrives on Disney+ on March 1. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on the platform.