Season 3 of The Mandalorian has allegedly been postponed. According to a recent rumor, production on the Pedro Pascal-led series’ third season would not begin until late 2021 or early 2022, placing it many months behind the initial timeline set by The Mandalorian creator and showrunner Jon Favreau.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian may not air until late 2022. That would be a nearly one-year wait for Star Wars enthusiasts, and a two-year wait for non-Star Wars fans. Season 2 of The Mandalorian aired from October to December 2020. It laid the stage for the spin-off The Book of Boba Fett, which has wrapped filming and is slated to hit theaters in December 2021.
The Mandalorian season 3 filming has been delayed, according to Collider, and sources close to the situation have given two explanations. Pascal is now working on HBO’s live-action version of the hit PlayStation video game series The Last of Us, which is set to begin filming in July 2021 and conclude in June 2022.
Mind you, that’s a ridiculously lengthy manufacturing timeline. However, if this is the case, Pascal will be inaccessible for an extended period of time. Pascal isn’t always needed on set for The Mandalorian, thanks to Mando’s helmet. The second reason for the postponement is that another Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is now filming on the same set as the others.
With The Mandalorian, Favreau pioneered the StageCraft technology from Industrial Light & Magic, which replaces green screens with massive high-resolution LED displays. This gives actors the illusion of being on location and has proven popular with directors working on major sci-fi films. It was featured in George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. The Mandalorian season 1 and 2 used the same set as The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. According to Collider, it is now held by Obi-Wan Kenobi, which prevents The Mandalorian season 3 from being shot there.
While Pascal’s dedication to The Last of Us is laudable, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars ventures could have been better planned. They must have known Obi-Wan Kenobi was filming at ILM’s StageCraft set in Los Angeles months in advance. Why, then, did Favreau claim in late December of last year that The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian Season 3 will shoot simultaneously? Sure, things may change, as Pascal’s casting in the HBO series has shown.
It’s also worth mentioning that ILM has been expanding StageCraft, announcing in September last year that it will be creating another set in Los Angeles, one in London’s Pinewood Studios, and a fourth in Sydney’s Fox Studios for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian wouldn’t make sense to shoot in London or Sydney, but what about the second StageCraft set in Los Angeles? If Collider’s story is to be true, that set is most likely also working on another project. It’s also conceivable that it isn’t yet operational.