After much discussion, debate, and discourse, The Mandalorian season 3 is set to officially begin production with the cameras rolling next month. Carl Weathers first revealed this information, and we all have to trust him since, well, he has been with the Mando team since the very beginning.
On-screen, we know him as Greef Karga, and behind the camera, he has been a director for the show as well. Before this information, all information regarding the production status wasn’t quite accurate.
It’s being assumed that starting production took this long because Jon Favreau had to wait for the Obi-Wan Kenobi team to vacate the sound stages in California.
If this production process continues, then the next team to take the sound stages would be either The Acolyte or Ahsoka. However, production for season 3 of The Mandalorian isn’t going as planned.
Reports are circulating that Favreau is frustrated with Pedro Pascal’s lack of availability. This means that audiences might see Din Djarin with his helmet on rather than off for a long time. Now, this isn’t something that Favreau wanted.
Previously, rumors were circulating about The Mandalorian season 3’s production getting stalled because Pascal was busy shooting HBO’s The Last of Us. Right now, Pascal is continuing to shoot on the same show. In fact, he will continue shooting for The Last of Us till next summer.
This project is taking up a lot of his time because he is under a first-position deal. This means that WB is under no obligation to give him time off to film The Mandalorian. And while this might seem a little rude, but Pascal is pocketing a cool $600,000 per episode to play Joel.
It’s understandable why the producers of The Last of Us are holding him to his first-position deal. This means that he will have to travel back-and-forth to film the two shows or record his lines in the time he has off while filming The Last of Us.
His stuntmen will have to do the rest of the physical acting. Which, by the way, they are used to doing anyway. In an interview, one of the actors/stuntmen who plays Din Djarin said that a lot of the physical movements are his.
So the stuntmen are used to being in the suit and acting in the scenes as well. Overall, even though this won’t be an ideal situation for Lucasfilm, but this is the one they are stuck with for the foreseeable future.
After all, the alternative to this will be to delay production further, and it doesn’t look like they can do that anymore. Right now, we have to stay tuned for more information as production begins on The Mandalorian next month.