Pre-production is already underway for The Mandalorian, despite not officially being ordered yet, but given the first season's popularity and the anticipation for the second season, it's easy to see why they would prepare. But unlike most shows, it's also been one of the least impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic so even less is stopping the show's progression than most are right now. The show's creator and executive producer Jon Favreau confirmed this recently in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, commenting on how there will be no delays moving forward, especially due to most of the shooting being done in virtual sets and on secure studio lots where minimal crew and there’s highly controlled entry and exit points:
“The fact that the set is much more contained is a benefit, because you can limit the number of people. A lot of the people controlling it are doing it remotely from what we call the Brain Bar, which is a bank of gaming computers, essentially. The amount of people near the camera could be much smaller than [usual].
We also shoot a lot outside, which is helpful, too. We build to a moment in filming more like an animated production, where we have a lot of storyboards, a lot of discussions and scouting in virtual reality. We use cinematic tools in VR much the same way we did for The Lion King and The Jungle Book. A lot of times the actors you are seeing on the screen aren’t actually there on set.”
With this confirmation that COVID-19 restrictions will not heavily impact production of the potential third season of the hti show, fans can enjoy a little normality in these trying times, speculating like the old days about what might be coming. Especially with season two bringing in a roster of fan favorite actors for fan favorite roles. This includes Temuera Morrison taking on the role of Boba Fett (After playing Jango Fett and the clones in the prequel films 15 years ago) along with BSG-favorite Katee Sackhoff as a live-action Bo-Katan, Timothy Olyphant in an unspecified role, and Rosario Dawson set to play Jedi Padawan turned Rebel Alliance spymaster Ahsoka Tano. Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito are all returning from the first season.
Set five years after the fall of the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi, long before the emergence of the First Order in the prequel trilogy, the story will continue to follow the titular lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Stay tuned!