‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Takes a Big Step Forward

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Star Wars fans are sure to be anxiously awaiting the third season in Lucasfilm’s hugely popular The Mandalorian. What started as an action-packed, gunslinging bounty hunter story in 2019 has now grown into a massive Star Wars event with the second season of showrunner Jon Favreau’s popular series firmly cementing itself into the wider Star Wars universe.

The Mandalorian Season 3 is seemingly a long way off, at least if Din Djarin actor Pedro Pascal’s words are anything to go by, but a new update just quietly came out regarding the upcoming season.

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Favreau’s The Mandalorian welcomed a new cast of characters into the Star Wars universe. Taking place five years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), the bounty hunter series introduced the world to Pascal’s titular Mandalorian and “Baby Yoda” AKA Grogu as the new hit Star Wars duo. Other new characters like Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) also made their debuts.

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While The Mandalorian was the vehicle in which this new cast made their grand Star Wars entrance, the second season wasn’t averse to bringing back some old favorites. Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) returned, as did Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff). And then to top off an already stellar season, the famous Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) brought the Star Wars Universe its most shocking cameo when he returned in the Season 2 finale to fight the dark trooper squad.

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The Mandalorian momentum is certainly to be continued in the future Season 3, especially after their industry-leading Emmy Awards nominations. But that may be a while off yet — as we mentioned earlier, Pascal himself said that the next season is yet to begin filming. However, a new bit of information just made its way into the galaxy.

Per the American Cinematographer, The Mandalorian Season 3 just made headway. In discussing what specific technology certain upcoming television shows are using, the article quietly revealed that “The Mandalorian is in production.”

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While neither The Walt Disney Company nor Lucasfilm has confirmed that this is the case, the American Cinematographer’s report holds weight when looking at the other information that they supplied.

Shows that planned to leverage in-camera VFX from the start include two that will be shot using StageCraft, Industrial Light & Magic’s real-time animation pipeline for LED volumes: The Book of Boba Fett, which will be released later this year, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, set for release in 2022. Both series will use the same volume initially built for The Mandalorian in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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They even go on to add that another Star Wars show will be receiving the ILM — Industrial Light & Magic — treatment.

More Star Wars shows, including Andor, are in production at Pinewood Studios in England, where ILM has built another large StageCraft volume.

For context:

Founded by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, with studios located in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney. The company serves the motion picture, television, streaming, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 350 feature films.

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If you want more information on the cutting-edge technology used in the Lucasfilm Disney+ show, then StarWars.com has the full inside scoop on how The Mandalorian is brought to life.

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While Star Wars fans are hoping for a 2022 release for The Mandalorian Season 3, Mando’s return is certainly not locked in, even with this report of production starting. That being said, as the American Cinematographer does allude to, The Book of Boba Fett is coming and is sure to scratch the itch of fans wanting another dose of intense, gritty bounty hunter action. The Boba Fett series airs this December and teams the titular bounty hunter up with Wen’s Fennec Shand.

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Then there’s Deborah Chow’s Obi-Wan Kenobi which sees Ewan McGregor back as the famous Jedi Knight and — if this report is anything to go by — will also feature a young Princess Leia. Andor brings back Cassian Andor to the Star Wars Universe, and then there’s the rest of the mammoth slate of Star Wars content that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed which includes shows like Ahsoka, Lando, and Star Wars: Visions.

Are you excited now that The Mandalorian is now in production? Let us know in the comments!

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