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When is The Mandalorian Season 2 coming out? Release date, trailer, more

Published: 5/Oct/2020 7:50 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 7:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Smash-hit Star Wars television series The Mandalorian now officially has a release date for its second season. Here’s everything we know about Season 2 including plot details, casting news, the Disney Plus release date, and more.

The Star Wars fandom has been at loggerheads over the franchise post-Disney takeover, but there’s one thing everyone has agreed on; The Mandalorian has been an exceptional return to form for the blockbuster space opera series.

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It came as no shock then that Disney green-lit the show for a second season while the first was still airing. The Child ⁠— affectionately called ‘Baby Yoda’ by the entire world ⁠— Din Djarin, the titular “Mandalorian,” and more will all be back.

Here’s everything we know about The Mandalorian season 2, including its  confirmed release date, all the offseason casting news, and its ongoing plot.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 announced

Is anyone really surprised The Mandalorian will be continuing on Disney Plus for a second season and more? Star Wars has been hit or miss since Disney’s takeover, but the bounty hunter TV series has been a smash-hit so far.

Jon Favreau confirmed the show would return in a tweet on December 28. Star Wars has ordered eight episodes for the follow-up season, which will air in “Fall 2020.”

The Mandalorian is currently set for an October release date on Disney Plus.
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The Mandalorian is currently set for an October release date on Disney Plus.

Release date

Disney has confirmed The Mandalorian Season 2 will be released on October 30 on Disney+. This date has been locked in, following chief executive Bob Chapek revealing that the show won’t be delayed despite the ongoing global pandemic.

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The second season is expected to air in the same style as the premiere eight episodes. That means The Mandalorian fans will have to watch week-to-week for each part following the first Mandalorian Season 2 release date.

Season 2 trailer

On Tuesday, September 15, the first trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 went live. In it, we see the Razor Crest heading towards an unknown planet, with The Armorer telling Mando to reunite The Child with its own kind — that’s right: Baby Yoda, but even more of them.

This is our first look at Mandalorian Season 2, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any new trailers or footage that emerges ahead of the show’s October 30 premiere.

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Mandalorian casting news

The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal will be returning as Din Djarin for the follow-up season, alongside The Child (Baby Yoda). Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), and Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) are all set to return.

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“Baby Yoda” will be back in The Mandalorian Season 2!

There’s also been some huge casting news for the second season since the show’s return was confirmed. Here’s everyone who will be debuting in Season 2:

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Rosario Dawson, as Ahsoka Tano

Yep, this is the big one. The Clone Wars heroine, who shot from Anakin’s scrappy apprentice to clear Star Wars fan favorite in Dave Filoni’s animated series, is set to make her live-action debut in Season 2.

Rosario Dawson all but admitted she’ll be playing the famous Togruta, telling EW she’s “very excited for that to be confirmed at some point.” It didn’t take all too long for that confirmation to come through. The German Instagram account for Disney Plus included her name in a cast lineup story on October 3. The character will supposedly come into the Season 2 narrative from episode five onwards.

The Clone Wars heroine Ahsoka Tano will finally be making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian.
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The Clone Wars heroine Ahsoka Tano will finally be making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian.

Temuera Morrison, as Boba Fett

Morrison, who last appeared in the Star Wars franchise as Jango Fett’s clone army in The Revenge of the Sith in 2005 has been cast as an old version of Boba Fett in The Mandalorian.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Morrison will appear as Boba Fett in “just a small role” in the Disney+ title’s sophomore outing, though there are also major insider rumors suggesting Fett’s appearance will lead to a spinoff series too.

Morrison played Boba Fett's father Jango all the way back in The Attack of the Clones in 2002.
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Morrison played Boba Fett’s father Jango all the way back in The Attack of the Clones in 2002.

Katee Sackhoff, as Bo-Katan Kryze

Ahsoka Tano isn’t the only Clone Wars alum making her jump into live-action Star Wars this season either; Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff will also reprise her role as Mandalorian warrior queen Bo-Katan Kryze.

Timothy Olyphant, as Cobb Vanth

Olyphant has also officially been confirmed for a role in Season 2. There has not yet been any confirmation on who he will be playing, however. Star Wars insiders have suggested he will be playing Tatooine sheriff Cobb Vanth.

Vanth first appeared in the Star Wars canon in the Aftermath novel series. He rules over Tatooine’s city of Freetown, and wears stolen Mandalorian battle armor.

Michael Biehn, as ‘bounty hunter’

Sci-fi veteran Michael Beihn ends the headlining Season 2 casting news. The Aliens star will play a bounty hunter “from Mandalo’s past,” according to Making Star Wars.

Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff will bring her animated Bo-Katarn character to live-action in Season 2.
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Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff will bring her animated Bo-Katarn character to live-action in Season 2.

What will Season 2 be about?

Little is known about the second season of The Mandalorian story-wise, so far. However, there are a few details we can put together to figure out where the plot will be heading in October.

The main storyline will surround Baby Yoda, as Din Djarin looks to uphold his promise to find its family. This is likely where Ahsoka Tano ⁠— one of the only remaining Jedi in the galaxy at this stage in the saga ⁠— comes into the plot.

She will likely draw in her old Clone Wars ally Bo-Katan Kryze. Boba Fett and Cobb Vanth will likely be adversaries The Mandalorian comes up against during his Season 2 adventures.

Finally, there’s the little issue of Moff Gideon. The Imperial Officer was last seen wielding the Dark Blade, and he’s probably out for revenge against Din Djarin. He wants The Child back and will pursue The Mandalorian in Season 2.

Giancarlo Esposito's Moff Gideon will play a major role as Season 2's main villain.
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Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon will play a major role as Season 2’s main villain.

Writers and Directors for Season 2

Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of Mando’s second season has been written by Jon Favreau. He’s responsible for six of the eight episodes, including the first four in a row along with the season finale as well.

Popular Clone Wars writer Dave Filoni fills in for episode five, where Ahsoka Tano is reportedly set to make her live-action debut. Meanwhile, Nigerian-American screenwriter Rick Famuyiwa lent his talents to the penultimate episode. Famuyiwa is all too familiar with the series, having directed two episodes in the first season.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Writers:

  • Season 2 Episode 1 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 2 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 3 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 4 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 5 – Dave Filoni
  • Season 2 Episode 6 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 7 – Rick Famuyiwa
  • Season 2 Episode 8 – Jon Favreau

The list of Directors for the second season also features a few familiar faces as well, according to reports from ComicBook.com. Jon Favreau makes his return in the role, as does Famuyima, Filoni, and Bryce Dallas Howard. They’re joined by a handful of new names as Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez have also directed episodes this time around.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Directors:

  • Season 2 Episode 1 – Jon Favreau
  • Season 2 Episode 2 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 3 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 4 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 5 – Dave Filoni
  • Season 2 Episode 6 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 7 – TBA
  • Season 2 Episode 8 – TBA
Mandalorian Season 2 Robert Rodriguez.
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Robert Rodriguez confirmed his involvement back in May.

So there you have it; everything we know about The Mandalorian Season 2 so far. Keep your eyes peeled for more news too. We’ll make sure to update you on any further developments as the October 30 release date flies up on the horizon.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.