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The Mandalorian star teases directorial debut on Star Wars spin-off

Published: 19/Nov/2020 16:57

by Emma Soteriou

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Carl Weathers has confirmed he will be directing Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, and has shared his excitement with fans online.

The Mandalorian is one of the biggest successes for Disney Plus, with Star Wars fans, both new and old, loving what the series has to offer.

Three episodes into Season 2 and Din Djarin is well into his quest of returning Baby Yoda back to his people, but how will that continue in ‘The Siege’?

If the end of Chapter 11 is anything to go by, a familiar face from the Star War universe may be making an appearance, with two characters from last season also making a return.

Greef Karga Cara Dune in The Mandalorian season 2
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Greef Karga and Cara Dune in the trailer for season 2

Who will be directing Chapter 12?

It’s not unusual for actors to want to try their hand at directing and vice versa, which is exactly what will be happening in The Mandalorian’s second season.

In 2019, it was director Taika Waititi who took on the role of IG11, voicing the droid throughout Season 1.

This time it’s Carl Weathers who will be taking on the director role for Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian. He’s known among Star Wars fans for playing Greef Karga in the show, opposite Gina Carano as Cara Dune and Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin.

The actor has been teasing fans online about what’s in store for the episode, promising ‘tons of action’.

With fans flooding the actor with reactions to the news, he managed to give a few nods to previous movies he’d worked on in his response, with one of the biggest, of course, being Rocky. Weathers was well and truly ready to ‘ring the bell’ for the new episode.

If his excitement wasn’t clear enough, Weathers also turned to a ‘God, I feel born again’ gif to explain how it felt being in the director’s seat as a part of the Star Wars universe.

This is not his first time in the director’s chair, but it will be Weathers’ directorial debut on the Star Wars spin-off. He has previously directed other series including Hawaii Five-0 and Sheena.

Following on from a very strong third episode, anticipation for the rest of the season, especially ‘The Siege’, continues to grow. With characters such as Bo Katan and Ahsoka Tano – best known from The Clone Wars and Rebels series – looking set to be around for quite a while in the live-action show, expectations are high.

New episodes of The Mandalorian are available to stream on Disney+ every Friday.

Gaming

Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.