We’ve only two episodes into The Mandalorian‘s second season and the wheels are already spinning for the season 3 shoot. Deadline is reporting that pre-production on the third season – codenamed ‘Buccaneer’ – has taken place over the last few months and Jon Favreau is hoping to get back on set very soon. ‘Soon’ may be an understatement, as insiders are hinting that the shoot might commence as early as next week.
This will be music to Disney’s ears. The Mandalorian‘s current season finished filming in March 2020, which is why it wasn’t delayed by the COVID-19 lockdowns and arrived on schedule. This alone saved Disney+ from having a very disappointing 2020, with many of its other much-hyped shows being pushed back into 2021.
Deadline can’t confirm any of this for certain, though they’re sure that something is going on in Lucasfilm camp. One option they’re floating is that what’s about to start filming is actually a The Mandalorian spinoff starring Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett. Right now we don’t know how his season two story will end, but it seems they’re confident enough that fans will like it that they’re moving forward with his own show.
In addition, the report states that When the Street Lights Go On and Chicago Med‘s Sophie Thatcher is joining either The Mandalorian or Boba Fett next season, though there’s no further information on who she’d be playing.
I think the swiftness of the shoot is down to the innovative Stagecraft technology used for The Mandalorian. The tech utilizes a 270 degree LED video screen wall that displays real-time rendered backgrounds, allowing directors to quickly set up shots in alien landscapes on the fly. It also means they don’t necessarily have to worry about scouting location or weather conditions during the shoot. I
If Deadline’s report is accurate then we can expect the third season to premiere roughly a year from now in 2021. However, if those Boba Fett spinoff rumors prove true we may get to see that earlier – perhaps in the early summer next year. More on this as we hear it.