The Mandalorian Cast Talks About Collaborating With The All-Star Directors
Each of these filmmakers has certainly showcased their unique eye with their own projects in the past, and part of the fun of witnessing The Mandalorian will be seeing what this group of talented directors collectively bring to the highly-anticipated series. When I had the chance to sit down with actors Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and the Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal, at a recent Disney+ press day, they spoke about the collaborative process. Check it out:
While Carl Weathers may have lightly expressed feeling a little confused and left out, Gina Carano showed some enthusiasm about the mood on set, thanks to all the collaborators they worked with! Carano, who is best known for her MMA career and the role of Angel Dust in Deadpool, recalled Jon Favreau often getting emotional on set amidst delivering moving words to the cast and crew. The Iron Man director was greatly influenced by the original Star Wars trilogy as a kid – he even cites it as an inspiration to his filmmaking career.
She also mentions working with Dave Filoni, who has had an important role in the Star Wars franchise over the years. Filoni created Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance for Lucasfilm, after directing The Clone Wars film in 2003. Gina Carano told us she discovered her Mandalorian character Cara Dune could decide her own way to hold a blaster with Filoni’s help, before turning it over to Pedro Pascal, who, apparently, went so far as to name his famed weapon.
Each director actually had the luxury of bringing their own personalities to the episodes they helmed, according to Pascal. He teased that each Mandalorian episode would have its own style and uniqueness to it! The process certainly seems to have kept the cast on their toes and will, in turn, likely give the audience a stunning, fresh experience each week. It was apparently “way too collaborative,” according to Pascal!
At the Disney+ press day, we were also shown 27 minutes of footage across three episodes. I can confirm that it feels expensive, cinematic and like one of the more stylish entries to the Star Wars franchise. Many other journalists who saw the footage have also echoed my all-around positive first response to The Mandalorian ahead of its premiere on Disney+ in just two weeks.