In news that will both shock and alarm Star Wars fans everywhere in equal measure, the man behind The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, would love the chance to add his name to the already stacked list of great directors behind The Mandalorian. When asked about whether he would like to turn his eye to the series' second season, Johnson made his feelings very clear.
"Hell yeah! Man, if I had the time, I would get in there in a heartbeat. I had a set visit for Season 1 and it looked amazing. It looked like so much fun!"
The sheer amount of exclamation marks indicate how much the director would relish the opportunity to help continue the story of the mysterious Mandalorian and his Baby Yoda companion. Though the news will no doubt excite fans of Johnson's previous Star Wars effort, those who felt it was the cinematic equivalent to hemorrhoids will surely be sent into a fury at the director even mentioning the title of the Disney+ show. Added to the fact that Rian Johnson has already irked some Mandalorian fans with his accidental Baby Yoda reveal, and maybe adding him to the directing roster is not the smartest idea ever conceived.
Johnson's excitement about once again returning to the Star Wars universe is ample evidence that the director has not been put off by the more toxic side of the fanbase, something which he should be commended for considering the vitriol sent his way since the release of The Last Jedi. With the director still in talks to helm his own trilogy, and the idea of him directing an episode for The Mandalorian's second series, it looks like the The Last Jedi detractors may have to deal with Johnson's presence for the foreseeable future.
Thus far, The Mandalorian has been a smash hit with both audeinces and critics alike, with both scores at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, the series follows another warrior emerging in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian picks up the story after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the Disney trilogy's First Order. We follow the travails of this mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau takes the wheel and serves as the series' creator, head writer and showrunner, as well as executive producer. Phew. Also on producing duty are Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. The show is headlined by Pedro Pascal in the helmet-wearing title role alongside Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte.