[Video] We Ask The Mandalorian Bosses: If Din Djarin Was A Dish, What Would It Be?
In the last 20 years, Jon Favreau’s career has been linked to heavy metal. Well, not that kind of heavy metal.
In 2008, actor-turned-filmmaker Favreau rolled the dice by casting Robert Downey Jr, then an uninsurable actor with a checkered past, as the title character in Iron Man, then considered a second-tier property in the Marvel stable. The movie — which also saw Favreau pulling a double shift as the superhero’s right-hand man Happy Hogan — was a hit with critics and audiences and launched a sprawling saga of interconnected narratives called the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Nearly a decade later, Favreau landed another coveted gig, this time in a galaxy far, far away — as the creator and showrunner of The Mandalorian, following the adventures of bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) — another masked man in an iron suit (sorry, beskar suit) — going around looking for fugitives and trouble, oftentimes with the uber-cute Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) in tow.
The Mandalorian not only became a signature show for the newly-minted Disney+ streaming service, it made Grogu an instant pop culture phenom and became the new hope no one saw coming after the underwhleming Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker.
Now in its third season, The Mandalorian sees Din Djarin and Grogu on the road again (they were separated by the end of Season 2 and reunited in the spin-off The Book of Boba Bett). It also promises to dive deep into the Mandalorian culture and customs.
A day before its March 1 premiere, 8days sat down with Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni, another Lucasfilm veteran behind the animated series Rebels and The Clone Wars on Zoom from LA. Here’s the thing: we weren’t given advanced screeners to prep for the interview. No previews mean no spoilers and that just made our job much easier. Besides, we were only granted four minutes, which is usually the case with virtual junkets, with Favreau and Filoni — barely enough time to get to probing questions. We’d just have to take a leaf out of the Han Solo playbook — fly casual. Why don’t we ask about their thoughts on Pascal’s other show, The Last of Us, which is in some ways similar to The Mandalorian, but with zombie fungi? And because Favreau is also the star of Netflix’s The Chef Show, we also couldn’t resist a food-adjacent question.
We also chat with Rick Famuyiwa, executive producer and director of The Mandalorian Season 2’s ‘The Believer’ (that’s the one with the train heist), who shares tips he gave to the new filmmakers — Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse director Peter Ramsey and Minari’s Oscar-nominated writer-director Lee Isaac Chung — joining the show.
Watch the interviews here:
The Mandalorian Season 3 is on Disney+, with news episodes on Wednesdays.
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