The Mandalorian Season 3 has started filming in Manhattan Beach, at The Volume complex crafted by Industrial Light & Magic. The news comes by way of via an American Cinematographer piece which explains how filmmakers have been able to use visual effects technology in new and innovative ways.
“Shows that planned to leverage in-camera VFX from the start include two that will be shot using StageCraft, Industrial Light & Magic’s real-time animation pipeline for LED volumes: The Book of Boba Fett, which will be released later this year, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, set for release in 2022,” the publication said.
“Both series will use the same volume initially built for The Mandalorian in Manhattan Beach, Calif. More Star Wars shows, including Andor, are in production at Pinewood Studios in England, where ILM has built another large StageCraft volume. Season three of The Mandalorian is now in production.”
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Volume is a large screen used on indoor sound stages that allows filmmakers to flip into entirely new scenes with just a few clicks of a mouse. Industrial Light & Magic currently has four locations where it runs StageCraft services. This includes two Volumes in Manhattan Beach Studios, a third at Pinewood Studios in London, and a fourth at Fox Studios in Australia.
Unfortunately, fans may have to wait a while for Mandalorian Season 3 as there is currently no release date. Moreover, the series’ star Pedro Pascal has been busy shooting The Last of Us. The actor takes the lead as Joel in the HBO series, where he stars alongside Bella Ramsey who plays Ellie.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian is set five years after Return of the Jedi and 25 years before The Force Awakens. The story follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter named Din Djarin who is protecting a highly coveted Jedi-powered being, called The Child (aka Baby Yoda), from falling into the hands of the Imperial Empire.
Season 2 ended with Din Djarin giving Grogu permission to go with Luke Skywalker (a Jedi that Grogu contacted on Tython) and R2-D2 to complete his training. Meanwhile, Fett and Fennec traveled to Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine where Fett killed Bib Fortuna and claims the throne.
Although the plot for The Mandalorian Season 3 remains a mystery, most of the cast is expected to return. Pedro Pascal will (obviously) continue to star as Din Djarin, with Carl Weathers (Greef Karga) and Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) returning as well.
There’s a strong possibility that Mark Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker, along with Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan, Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. Since Ahsoka is getting her own spinoff series, it’s unclear if Rosario Dawson will be back for Mandalorian Season 3.
In the meantime, Star Wars fans can look forward to The Book of Boba Fett which follows the journey of the legendary bounty hunter after his reintroduction in The Mandalorian. Temuera Morrison stars as Boba Fett, with Ming-Na Wen co-starring as Fennec Shand. The series is set to premiere in December 2021.
Other Mandalorian spin-off series’ include Ahsoka starring Rosario Dawson, which will be a limited series set sometime after the events of Rebels. Lando is also in the works as a Disney+ limited series which will focus on the titular character, Lando Calrissian.
The first two seasons of The Mandalorian are currently available for streaming on Disney+. Additionally, you can check out Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which gives fans an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at everything that goes into creating the show.