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The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series that introduced Baby Yoda, brought back Boba Fett and saw the return of a certain Jedi, is getting a third season and several spinoffs on Disney Plus. Things have gotten pretty quiet on the Star Wars front in recent weeks, as we await the May 4 arrival of animated series The Bad Batch, so you might need a refresher on what's going on in a galaxy far, far away.

Let's take a look at where Mando's adventures, which take place a few years after Return of the Jedi, are likely to go next.

The Mandalorian season 3: Release Date and Filming

The Mandalorian season 3 release date has not been confirmed.

At Disney Investor Day in December, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that "the next chapter of The Mandalorian" would arrive Christmas 2021. However, the season 2 finale end credits played a scene featuring Boba Fett and Fennec Shand taking over Jabba the Hutt's old syndicate headquarters. That was followed by a title card announcing the spinoff The Book of Boba Fett is coming December 2021, according to Tom’s Guide.

During an interview with Good Morning America, showrunner Jon Favreau confirmed that The Book of Boba Fett is that "next chapter" and the show is currently filming. The Mandalorian season 3 will begin filming April 5, 2021, according to a new listing in Production List.

Filming is likely to take two to three months. Post-production will require at least six months, possibly more, since The Mandalorian uses so many special effects.

That puts season 3's release date somewhere in early 2022, which makes sense — it could premiere right after Book of Boba Fett concludes.

The Mandalorian season 3: Casts

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The cast of The Mandalorian season 3 will almost certainly be led by Pedro Pascal as the titular character, Din Djarin. Pascal voices Mando and portrays him sans helmet, while a body double actor takes on the full suit.

With Grogu going off to train with Luke, it's unclear if the puppet will appear next season. But we are likely to see Gina Carano as Cara Duke and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga. Giancarlo Eposito's Moff Gideon was not killed in the season 2 finale and could continue to be a threat.

Since Mando is now in possession of the Dark Saber, he may get caught up in the war for Mandalore, which could mean the return of Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze and Mercedes Varnado as Kosta Reeves.

Other cast members who may pop up again include Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto, Bill Burr as Migs Mayfield, Horatio Sanz as Mythrol, and Emily Swallow as The Armorer.

There may be crossovers with The Mandalorian's spinoffs. For The Book of Boba Fett, that's Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. For Star Wars: Ahsoka, that's Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano.

If The Mandalorian checks in with Baby Yoda, there may be more cameos by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. And let's not forget that a young Ben Solo (later Kylo Ren) is about four years old at this point.

The biggest potential Mandalorian season 3 casting news comes from regular Star Wars leaker Kessel Run Transmissions. Their most recent rumor says that Ezra Bridget, an important character from Rebels, is joining an upcoming live-action project and that Aladdin star Mena Massoud has been cast as Ezra.

Who else is involved?

Directors for the first and second seasons include:

• Dave Filoni

• Rick Famuyiwa

• Deborah Chow

• Bryce Dallas Howard

• Taika Waititi

• Jon Favreau

• Carl Weathers

• Peyton Reed

• Robert Rodriguez

Favreau, Filoni, Colin Wilson and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy are the executive producers, with Karen Gilchrist as co-executive producer.

The Mandalorian is among the first projects for ILM TV, a division of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company. The show's soundtrack is composed by Ludwig Göransson, who scored Black Panther, Venom and Creed II. Göransson's Black Panther score won him a Grammy and an Oscar in 2019.

Is there a trailer for The Mandalorian season 3?

Not just yet. Expect to see our first look at the next season when the show commences filming in 2021, RadioTimes reported.

The Mandalorian is available to stream on Disney Plus. Sign up to Disney+ now for £5.99 per month or £59.99 for a full year.

The Mandalorian season 3: Plot

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The Mandalorian season two’s finale gave us some big hints as to what we might expect from season three, with the most notable being the break-up of the series’ central duo.

At the end of the episode Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) arrives to take Grogu/Baby Yoda for training, and after an emotional farewell (which saw Mando take his helmet off) Din is left standing alone, The Child taken to an unknown future.

This seems to suggest that Mando and Baby Yoda will be separated for at least part of the next series as the latter continues his training – but given the popularity of the character and his centrality to the show, it seems unlikely that they’ll be kept apart for too long.

Who knows? Maybe we’ll even see some more of digital Luke Skywalker as he trains Baby Yoda, assuming Mark Hamill is one board for more adventures in a galaxy far far away.

In the meantime, Pascal’s Din Djarin might have his own issues to attend to. In the finale, he bests Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) in combat and takes the Darksaber – a legendary Mandalorian weapon held by the ruler of the planet Mandalore – to give to Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze, who had been hunting it for a while.

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Unfortunately, as Moff Gideon gleefully revealed she needed to win the Darksaber in the battle to claim it, with Bo-Katan unable to take it from Din despite his entreaties unless she fought him first. This tension was quickly punctured by the arrival of more Dark Troopers and Luke, but we’re betting we haven’t seen the last of the Darksaber tussle in The Mandalorian. Who knows? Maybe after all this time, we’ll finally visit Mandalore itself, which has as of yet not appeared in the Disney+ series.

And there’s at least one more thread left dangling after Moff Gideon reveals that he already took Baby Yoda’s Force-friendly blood prior to the team’s arrival. Where did the blood go? If not Moff Gideon, who’s using it, and for what? Is it linked to Snoke and the return of the Emperor in The last Skywalker, or is there some other insidious purpose?

Somehow, we think The Mandalorian season three will lead us to find out.

Other spinoffs

Ahsoka Tano, the former Padawan of the late Anakin Skywalker and star of CGI animated series The Clone Wars, made her live-action debut in season 2. She's played by Rosario Dawson, as was reported earlier this year, whom you might remember playing Claire Temple in Netflix's Marvel shows, according to Cnet.

Her spinoff series, Ahsoka, is coming to Disney Plus and will probably see her hunting for Grand Admiral Thrawn. The Imperial villain was last seen in the finale of the animated series Rebels, which is set years before The Mandalorian, but we don't know why Ahsoka is after him. This show's release date is unclear -- it'll likely be 2022, since The Book of Boba Fett is coming in December 2021.

There's also Rangers of New Republic, an original series set within the timeline of The Mandalorian. We don't have many details on it, but fans speculated initially that it'd feature Marshal Cara Dune. In February, Lucasfilm said Gina Carano, who played Cara in the first two seasons, will no longer be in The Mandalorian or future Star Wars projects -- it's currently unclear if the character will be recast. This one doesn't have a release date either.

Upcoming animated series The Bad Batch isn't explicitly tied to The Mandalorian since it's set decades earlier in the timeline, between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it could reveal how the Mandalorians were kicked off Mandalore.

What's a Mandalorian?

Mandalorians are humans from the Outer Rim world of Mandalore, its moon Concordia and the planet Kalevala, whose story was largely told in The Clone Wars and Rebels.

Their world went through major political upheaval during the Clone Wars and early days of the Galactic Empire's rule, but many of the clans united under the rule of Bo-Katan Kryze after she took control of the Darksaber. The black-bladed weapon was created more than 1,000 years earlier by Tarre Vizsla (the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order) and became a symbol of leadership.

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Lucasfilm fires 'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano

Gina Carano, who starred as the unassailable warrior Cara Dune in "The Mandalorian," won't appear in any future Star Wars projects after she shared offensive social media posts, including one that compared Nazi Germany to the current political landscape, according to CNN.

Lucasfilm fired Carano Wednesday, calling the social media posts she made that day "abhorrent."

"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."

Lucasfilm didn't address whether Carano's role of Cara Dune would be recast in "The Mandalorian." The character played a supporting role in the series as an ally to Pascal's protagonist and a friend to Grogu, also known as "Baby Yoda."

Cara Dune was expected to appear in the upcoming Disney+ series, "The Rangers of the New Republic." But with Carano axed from the Star Wars universe, the character's future remains unknown.

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