‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Has This Criteria For ‘Star Wars’ Directors

The Mandalorian is finally here as the first episode launched along with Disney Plus on November 12. Star Wars fans have to wait every week for a new episode, but they’re already looking forward to season 2 which has already begun pre-production. The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau revealed some of the criteria they’re applying to directors as they develop the second season.

Disney Plus's The Mandalorian
Disney Plus’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian | Lucasfilm, Ltd.

Season 1 of The Mandalorian already boasts directors like Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni. Favreau explained how they chose directors for episodes of The Mandalorian before and moving forward.

‘The Mandalorian’ directors don’t need these qualifications

Season 1 directors Taika Waititi and Rick Famuyiwa had directed many movies before. Bryce Dallas Howard had only directed shorts. Dave Filoni had only ever directed animation prior to The Mandalorian. Deborah Chow had directed many episodes of television.

Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian on Disney+
Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian on Disney+ | Lucasfilm Ltd.

“You didn’t have to be the most experienced,” Favreau said. “You didn’t have to work on Star Wars before. You didn’t even have to have ever directed live-action before. We have people who hadn’t done that.”

‘The Mandalorian’ directors do need these qualifications

Jon Favreau looked for these qualities in The Mandalorian directors.

“You had to be willing to collaborate,” Favreau said. “You had to love Star Wars and you had to want to do something great and help invent this new thing.”

Who is directing season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’?

Jon Favreau implied that he would direct an episode of season 2, as well as someone he couldn’t announce.

“There’s a new person too that hasn’t been announced yet who was working last night so that’s all I can say,” Favreau said.

Favreau also confirmed that Carl Weathers, who has an acting role on The Mandalorian, would direct season 2 episodes.

Carl Weathers in The Mandalorian | Melinda Sue Gordon/Lucasfilm Ltd.

“Jon promised last year when I agreed to do this because he knows I wanted to direct more and more, that if we got a second season that he’d give me a shot,” Weathers said. “I’ve been around enough to know that people don’t always keep their words. It was like absolutely, I’m in. So being a part of this though again is one of the greatest things that’s happened in all the years I’ve been involved in entertainment.”

What the season 1 directors brought to the ‘Star Wars’ universe

The directors of The Mandalorian are making sure it doesn’t look like any other Star Wars you’ve seen before. Taika Waititi already has his own style.

“When he shows up, it gets everybody excited because it’s a fresh energy on the set. He finds opportunities for humor. He brings his style of humor to it but he also is a fan. To have Taika in there, somebody who was a battle hardened veteran who could come in and just has tremendous instincts and to work with the actors and to bring that, it was tremendous and then to have him do the voice of IG-11 and bring that specific tone to that character but also the tone to what he directed was fantastic.”

Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian press conference, 10/26/19

Each other director got to have input into establishing this new world of Star Wars.

“You’re going to see I think a lot of people that are working in this incubator of story and technology and really people who got together because they love Star Wars,” Favreau said. “We talk a lot about story and then I write about most of it but then that’s just a jumping off point for the directors to be very involved, very collaborative and all the people who are involved. I think you’ll see with each of the directors, unlike a lot of television, the directors are really being given an opportunity to have authorship over it.”