Back in February of this year, Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger revealed during the company’s first quarter earnings call that The Mandalorian season 2 was scheduled to premiere in October 2020 on Disney+. But then COVID-19 happened and The Mandalorian seeing the light of day in 2020 was suddenly in question.
Fans grew increasingly concerned as the months passed and the pandemic steadily grew worse and worse in the US. As a result, Disney officially cancelled Star Wars Celebration 2020 — which to be fair, was expected due to it being a large social gathering and not a new TV series, film or book. Speaking of books, Disney also pushed back the release of The Light of the Jedi, the first book in the new Star Wars: The High Republic publishing initiative by Charles Soule, from August 2020 to January 2021.
Thankfully, filming and production appear to have been finished on the upcoming season of The Mandalorian before COVID-19 shut down most studios, and to the relief of fans everywhere, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed in May that The Mandalorian season 2 is still scheduled to be released in October 2020.
So now that we know for certain that The Mandalorian season 2 is arriving on schedule, let’s dig into what we know about it.
The Mandalorian season 2 cast
We know of course that series lead Pedro Pascal will be returning as The Mandalorian aka Din Djarin alongside his trusty foundling The Child, or as the entire internet knows him, Baby Yoda. Gina Carano is back as the former Rebel Alliance and New Republic shock trooper Cara Dune, along with her new boss Carl Weathers, aka Greef Karga, one of the head representatives of the bounty hunter’s guild.
Chasing down The Mandalorian, The Child, and anyone foolish enough to step into his path is Giancarlo Esposito, as the ruthless Moff Gideon. During the season finale of the first season, it was revealed that Moff Gideon wields the legendary Darksaber — a Mandalorian heirloom that’s sure to cause some serious anger among Mando and his tribe when they discover the news.
Warning: you’re about to enter possible spoiler territory regarding casting rumors!
Word on the street is that fans will get to see Boba Fett in live action for the first time since Attack of the Clones in The Mandalorian season 2. The incredibly talented Timothy Olyphant is heavily rumored to be wearing Boba Fett’s iconic Mandalorian armor.
But it might not be that simple. Olyphant is rumored to be wearing Boba Fett’s armor, but not necessarily playing the role. There’s some subterfuge at work, and you can read about our theory on why Olyphant would be wearing the armor but not playing the character who owns it. Instead, he looks to have landed the role of Cobb Vanth, a sheriff from a small town on Tatooine. Given his huge range as an actor and roles in Justified and Deadwood, Olyphant is arguably the perfect choice for the role.
As for the actual role of Boba Fett, in and out of his armor, that job has supposedly been handed to Temuera Morrison. Star Wars fans will know Morrison from his role as Boba’s father, Jango Fett, in the first two prequel films, The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
We’re getting even more famous Mandalorians! Katee Sackhoff will supposedly portray Bo-Katan Kryze in season 2 of The Mandalorian. Sackhoff previously voiced Bo-Katan for the Star Wars animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Last time we saw Bo-Katan, she was in possession of the Darksaber and had rallied most of Mandalore behind her as their leader. But with Moff Gideon now in possession of the Darksaber after the purge of Mandalore — Bo-Katan’s home planet — we can only assume that she was defeated and is likely dead or a prisoner of The Empire.
For the role of an unnamed bounty hunter, Disney has supposedly scored one of the most iconic sci-fi actors of all time and one of the hottest action stars of the ’80s, Michael Biehn. The actor is quite famous for his portrayals of Kyle Reese in The Terminator and Corporal Hicks in Aliens. If there’s anyone out there who can give Bill Burr a run for his money as the best non-Mandalorian bounty hunter around, it’s Michael Biehn.
Any wrestling fans in the house? You’ll be excited to know that WWE Superstar and the Legit Boss Sasha Banks will be appearing in The Mandalorian season 2. Earlier this year when the rumor popped up Banks had been off of WWE programming for quite some time, so she could have easily be filming for the role. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see if she delivers the Bank Statement to some poor unsuspecting alien.
I’ve saved the best casting rumor for last. Multiple reports claim that Rosario Dawson has been cast as Ahsoka Tano in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Dawson is a fan of Star Wars and the character, and has said on Twitter within the past three years that she’d love the opportunity to play the role. Ahsoka Tano is without question one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars fandom, so whoever Disney picks it needs to be someone with the right acting chops, and Rosario Dawson definitely meets that requirement.
The Mandalorian season 2 directors
Disney and Jon Favreau went out of their way to load season 1 of The Mandalorian with as many great directors as possible, and for the most part their plan worked out very well — so much so that it looks like they’ve decided to use the same strategy for the second season.
Favreau was busy with The Lion King remake the first time around and thus didn’t get to direct his own episode even though he was leading the project. So this season he’s ensuring that he gets to stamp his name on his very own episode.
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) May 5, 2020
Returning directors from the first season include Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Star Wars guru Dave Filoni. Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Predators) and Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Ant-Man) have both signed on to direct their own episodes, and director and veteran Hollywood stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave signed on as second unit director, a position where his hands are heavily involved with special effects and stunt work.
The Mandalorian season 2 trailer
With Star Wars Celebration 2020 officially cancelled, there’s unfortunately no telling when Disney will choose to release the first official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2. Besides Celebration, the festivities for the launch of The High Republic publishing initiative in August would have been almost everyone’s best guess for when the trailer would drop, but now we’re all sadly in the dark impatiently waiting.
The Mandalorian season 2 schedule
As we discussed at the start of this article, we know that The Mandalorian season 2 will be released in Disney+ in October, but we don’t know what the specific date is just yet. Having said that, we can easily make an educated guess by looking at Disney’s scheduling of their other original series.
Season 1 of The Mandalorian and the final season of The Clone Wars both released new episodes on Fridays, while Star Wars: Resistance released new episodes on Sundays. With October 2 being on a Friday, and Disney having pushed back and cancelled a lot of their Star Wars content for 2020, the smart money says they’re going to want to get the show in front of fans as early as possible in October.
This is our guess for when The Mandalorian Season 2 episodes should be released:
- October 2, 2020
- October 9, 2020
- October 16, 2020
- October 23, 2020
- October 30, 2020
- November 6, 2020
- November 13, 2020
- November 20, 2020
Everything you need to prepare yourself for The Mandalorian season 2
First, and most importantly, you need to watch the first season. You can sign up for Disney+ and enjoy all eight incredible episodes of The Mandalorian. They’re only around 30-35 minutes each, so it shouldn’t take you too long to blow through it.
If you’re on the fence about it and not sure if the show’s for you, not to worry. Our panel of resident Star Wars experts have you covered. AIPT’s official Star Wars podcast, Talkin’ Tauntauns, reviewed the first season in full and you can listen to them break it down in one of their best episodes yet.
There’s also a new documentary series on Disney+: Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. Disney’s synopsis:
Executive Producer Jon Favreau invites the cast and crew to share an unprecedented look at the making of the series which quickly became a pop culture phenomenon after premiering in November. Debuting on the day that a worldwide community of fans celebrate all-things-Star Wars — Monday, May 4 — “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” is an eight-episode documentary series that pulls back the curtain on the first season of “The Mandalorian.” Each chapter explores a different facet of the first live-action Star Wars television show through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Favreau.