‘The Mandalorian’ Casting Rumors Don’t Necessarily Mean It’ll Be a Crowded Season 2
Despite so many Star Wars films and series in the short amount of time since Disney bought Lucasfilm, The Mandalorian showed that there isn’t fatigue of the franchise just yet. It brought new characters to the galaxy far, far away, and told a different type of story than fans are used to in the franchise. Now, there are tons of new rumors revolving around Season 2 that could have fans worried. But here’s why the casting news doesn’t necessarily have to be bad.
There are several casting rumors about fan-favorites joining ‘The Mandalorian’
The first major The Mandalorian casting rumor involved the beloved Star Wars: The Clone Wars character, Ahsoka Tano. Slashfilm reported in March that Rosario Dawson would take on the live-action role of Anakin’s former Padawan, although it wasn’t confirmed by Lucasfilm nor Disney.
Then Temuera Morrison was basically confirmed to appear as Boba Fett by The Hollywood Reporter on May 8. Morrison portrayed Boba’s father, Jango Fett, in Attack of the Clones and voiced Boba in the rerelease of the original trilogy, along with some video games.
Lastly, the latest casting rumor involves Bo-Katan, the former Death Watch member who went on to free Mandalore from Maul in The Clone Wars. Katee Sackhoff is reportedly playing Bo-Katan. This would be the first instance where an actor who voiced a Star Wars character on one of the shows is coming into the live-action sphere. Sackhoff voiced Bo-Katan throughout her time on Clone Wars, since 2012, and also on Star Wars Rebels.
The first season did amazingly because it didn’t include characters already from the franchise
These familiar names and faces popping up in The Mandalorian Season 2 is a stark contrast to its first season. The beauty of The Mandalorian was the fact that it added new elements to Star Wars. It was a space western, all about Din Djarin, aka Mando, and his very nomadic lifestyle. Even though he was a bounty hunter like Boba Fett, he was a completely different type of Mandalorian. Something closer to what fans saw in The Clone Wars, but still pretty different.
The show didn’t rely on established characters and storylines from the bigger Star Wars universe. And while similar places were named or events like the wars were mentioned, it still felt separate (because it was). This is something that the creators definitely know and separated on purpose. It wasn’t supposed to be a part of the Skywalker saga, and so like Rogue One, it just existed in the same universe.
Even though Dave Filoni is heavily involved, and he was the showrunner on both animated series, his track record shows that he has a good idea of what makes a good Star Wars project. Plus, Jon Favreau is the showrunner on The Mandalorian, and together they’ve proven they get it. So they have a pretty good grasp on why the show succeeded at this point.
Odds are, this won’t make Season 2 crowded
So on top of the creators having a good idea of what does and doesn’t work in Star Wars, the odds are low that these well-known characters are going to play a major part. As we wrote before, Bo-Katan’s role will probably aid in showing how Moff Gideon got the Darksaber.
In addition to that possible flashback, Bo-Katan probably doesn’t show up in the present day. We don’t see what happens to Mandalore post-Empire, but it’s probably not good if the Mandalorians are hiding out in tunnels (something they didn’t do during the Clone Wars).
As for Ahsoka, it’s more likely that she’ll be in one or two episodes. She’s such an established character, that she probably wouldn’t become a regular on The Mandalorian. Also, at this point in the timeline, Ahsoka and Sabine are supposed to be looking for Ezra. If they did find him already, it’s possible she could stay a bit longer, but narratively it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Although, she did know Yoda personally. So she’d be one of the best people to help Mando figure out more about Baby Yoda.
The only character who might become a regular is Boba Fett because of his connection to Mandalorian culture, but we’ll have to wait and see.
There are already blatant connections to the bigger picture. There’s the Darksaber, the Mandalorians, and the cloning system of the Kaminoans. It ties together, but you shouldn’t be too worried about crowdedness until the season finally comes out. We can all judge then.