During a live video on Instagram, writer/director Taika Waititi hosted a Thor: Ragnarok watch party on his live stream, something becoming more common as folks are staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One interesting tidbit Taika revealed during his Q&A session with fans is that because he was busy filming his sports film Next Goal Wins, he wasn’t able to return to direct episodes of the second season of The Mandalorian.
WAITITI: “I’m not directing any of the episodes of The Mandalorian because I was doing another film, a soccer film with Michael Fassbender. After Jojo Rabbit I decided to make a sports film, something I’ve never done, about a sport I knew nothing about and I still don’t.”
This would debunk the previous rumor from Charles Murphy of Taika returning for season two. Potentially casting doubts if Ant-Man’s Peyton Reed involvement was accurate as he was mentioned in the write-up as well.
Confirmed directors for Season 2 include Jon Favreau, Carl Weathers, Dave Filoni and HN Entertainment was able to confirm from sources that Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel) would be involved as well tackling an unknown number of episodes.
Disney’s Bob Iger had previously stated they hoped to begin airing the new season sometime in October on Disney+, but it remains to be seen if they’ll be able to do that as post-production may end up being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic as most effects artists would likely be working remotely from home and could ding productivity over the next couple of months.
Some new additions to the cast reportedly include Rosario Dawson (Sin City 1-2, Death Proof) as Ahsoka Tano via SlashFilm and Michael Biehn (Aliens, Terminator, Planet Terror) as a bounty hunter via MakingStarWars.
There was also a rumor from MakingStarWars of Jamie Lee Curtis (Knives Out, Halloween, True Lies) potentially being spotted on set.
Disney/Lucasfilm has yet to reveal any casting information about the series officially and likely won’t be doing so until Star Wars Celebration in August if that still happens.
SOURCE: TAIKA WAITITI