After much debate, discussion and discourse, The Mandalorian Season 3 will begin production next month. Carl Weathers revealed the information, and you’d have to believe he knows what he’s talking about; after all, he’s been on the team since the beginning, both onscreen as Greef Karga and behind the camera as a director.
Before that, we heard everything from the show was already shooting to it wouldn’t be coming together for years. Presumably, Jon Favreau and his crew had to wait for Obi-Wan Kenobi to vacate the California sound stages before The Mandalorian could move in, and the timeline may lead to either Ahsoka or The Acolyte starting in the near future.
However, our sources – the ones who told us Luke Skywalker was returning to Star Wars long before the Season 2 finale – tell us that Favreau is reportedly frustrated with leading man Pedro Pascal’s lack of availability, which could lead to Din Djarin being forced to keep his helmet on for almost the entire run of episodes, the opposite of what the show runner wanted.
Currently, Pascal is shooting HBO’s The Last of Us in Canada until next summer; he’s under a first-position deal. That means his paymasters are under no obligation to give him time off to film The Mandalorian at Disney and Lucasfilm’s request. And you can understand why they said no when putting $600,000 an episode in his pocket to play Joel.
That means he’ll either need to travel back-and-forth without rest, or record his lines during downtime on The Last of Us and have stuntmen fill in on the set of The Mandalorian…which isn’t an ideal scenario for the Star Wars smash hit.