Today, HN Entertainment was able to confirm that Robert Rodriguez had joined The Mandalorian season two as one of the directors working on the popular live-action Star Wars series after a previous rumor connected the Alita: Battle Angel director to the Disney+ project.
There is now a bit of explanation of why that happened, as Robert was in Los Angeles, California prepping for his upcoming thriller for Solstice Studios titled Hypnotic that would be starring former Batman actor Ben Affleck.
The film’s script was penned by Rodriguez and screenwriter Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of The Monsters).
From visionary director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Alita Battle Angel) and starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, comes Hypnotic, a mind-bending action thriller that will make you question your own reality.
Ben Affleck is playing a detective who, while investigating a string of impossible high-end heists, becomes entangled in a mystery involving his missing daughter and a secret government program.
California is where both seasons of The Mandalorian was shot and his proximity to that shoot likely had a lot to do with his availability as Robert is known to work primarily out of Austin, Texas at his facility Troublemaker Studios.
One of the reasons Ben took a smaller role in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel was his commitments to Hypnotic, it’s now assumed that they will no longer be starting production in April as planned in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s current lockdown.
Pre-production was going well and Robert had assembled most of his production team.
I have to assume at this point they’ll be placing the production on hiatus for the foreseeable future.