Showrunner Jon Favreau discussed one of the reasons why The Mandalorian became an instant hit for Disney+ and the Star Wars universe. He said “I think it was the fact it was live-action Star Wars on TV for the first time...Having worked on bigger, higher-profile films, there’s a much different set of standards that you’re judged by. We’ve benefited from the smallness of our world.” Favreau also credits executive producer and director Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) for making sure everything stays within the established Star Wars universe.
Even though Disney has not officially confirmed new cast members and their characters, there are multiple actors who are reportedly joining Mando and The Child. Rosario Dawson is rumored to be joining team Mandalorian as Clone Wars favorite, Ahsoka Tano with Temuera Morrison as a clone trooper or even Boba Fett. Katee Sackhoff, Michael Biehn, and Timothy Olyphant are also rumored to be joining the cast.
Favreau said, “The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world,” says Favreau. “The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” He continued, adding, “As we introduce other characters, there are opportunities to follow different storylines...The world was really captivated by Game of Thrones and how that evolved as the characters followed different storylines — that's very appealing to me as an audience member.”
While much of the plot is under wraps, viewers can expect to see more of Mando and The Child facing dangerous obstacles and challenges, all while being pursued by Darksaber-wielding Gideon.
As The Force would have it, The Mandalorian finished filming a mere four days before the industry wide shutdown in March. The Mandalorian Season 2 will premiere October 30 on Disney+.