Mandalorian season 3 has reportedly been delayed. Production on the third season of the Pedro Pascal-led series will not begin until late 2021 or early 2022, according to a new report, putting it several months behind the original schedule announced by the creator and The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau. This means that The Mandalorian Season 3 might not premiere until the end of 2022. It would be almost a year behind schedule and a two-year wait for Star Wars fans. Mandalorian Season 2 ran from October through December 2020. It set up the The Book of Boba Fett spin-off, which has completed filming and is on track for a December 2021 release.
Collider announces the delay in filming season 3 of The Mandalorian, noting that people familiar with the matter have put forward two reasons. First of all, Pascal is busy with the HBO live-action adaptation of the hit PlayStation video game series The Last of Us, which is set to shoot from July 2021 to June 2022. It's an incredibly long production schedule, notice. But if it does, Pascal will be unavailable for quite a while. Thankfully, since Mando wears a helmet, Pascal isn't always needed on set for The Mandalorian. The second reason for the delay is the other Star Wars series, Obi Wan Kenobi, which would be filming at the moment, on the same stage as the others.
With The Mandalorian, Favreau pioneered StageCraft technology - from Industrial Light & Magic - which uses giant high-resolution LED screens instead of green screens. This makes the actors feel spot on and has been a hit with filmmakers working on major sci-fi productions. George Clooney's The Midnight Sky was set on it, and Taika Waititi recently used it for Thor: Love and Thunder. The Book of Boba Fett and Obi Wan Kenobi used the same set as The Mandalorian season 1 and 2. It is currently occupied by Obi Wan Kenobi which banned the filming of season 3 of The Mandalorian there, says Collider.
While Pascal's commitment to The Last of Us is understandable, it's a bit unbelievable that Disney and Lucasfilm didn't plan Star Wars productions better. Surely they knew that Obi Wan Kenobi was preparing to shoot at ILM's StageCraft in Los Angeles well in advance. Why then would Favreau have said at the end of December last year that Season 3 of The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian would turn back to back? Of course, things can change, as is the case with the casting of Pascal on the HBO series.
But it's also worth noting that ILM has expanded StageCraft, after announcing in September last year that it was adding another set in Los Angeles, one at Pinewood Studios in London and a fourth at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney for Thor: Love and Thunder. It doesn't make sense that Season 3 of The Mandalorian is moving to London or Sydney for its production, but what about that second StageCraft that's set in Los Angeles? If we are to believe the Collider report, then this set is surely occupied by another production. It is also possible that it is not yet functional.
Boba Fett's book will be released in December on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar. Obi Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian Season 3 will follow in 2022.