There used to be a time not too long ago when any introduction to the hit Disney series The Mandalorian would be prefaced by the mention that it was a certified Star Wars spinoff. Early on this made more than enough sense: Attract the hardcore fans of George Lucas and his galaxy far, far away by strongly stressing that The Mandalorian was an essential piece of the Lucasfilm mythology (which it is). But then a funny thing happened sometime between the premiere of the first season and the impending arrival of the third season: This scrappy underdog of a Star Wars offshoot became a bonafide ratings winner. More importantly, it resounded for both fans and critics alike. This was no mere money-grab by The House Uncle Walt Built (i.e. Disney), but rather a well-thought out and excellently written enrichment of the mythos that includes such iconic characters as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Bonus points, too, for introducing new characters into the Star Wars saga that actually had staying power (say hello, Grogu!) and whom fans were invested in emotionally. The unlikely became reality: The Mandalorian, though an integral part of the pop cultural phenomenon known far and wide as Star Wars, became its own thing and bounded out of the shadows of niche and viewers simply watching out of a sense of completism. In short, The Mandalorian was a huge hit, ultimately inspiring spinoffs of its own including the likes of The Book of Boba Fett and the upcoming Ahsoka.
Our “Never tell me the odds” pals over at The Hollywood Reporter put a little sunshine in our otherwise dreary January morning by dropping the official trailer for the eagerly anticipated third season of The Mandalorian. You can check it out right here before you go on to read even more news about what exactly we can look forward to as the action begins to ramp up and the stakes get even higher in this new season.
Along with an exciting new trailer for the third season of Disney and Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian, some new details regarding who exactly will be directing some of this season’s episodes was unveiled: Rick Famuyiwa, Rachel Morrison, Lee Isaac Chung, Carl Weathers, Peter Ramsey and Bryce Dallas Howard will all contribute their own unique talents in directing individual episodes for the upcoming season.
The Mandalorian season three will premiere on Disney+ this coming March 1!