August 12, 2022
by Bespin Bulletin

We’ve yet to see the release of the third season of The Mandalorian, or even a teaser for the series, but according to a listing in the latest issue of Production Weekly, the fourth season of the Disney+ mega-hit is set to film next month.

If the listing is true then it lines up with filming starting on season three last year. The Mandalorian season three began filming at Manhattan Beach Studios in late September 2021, with filming running until late March of this year. Pick-ups and partial reshoots also took place during that time, and planned additional reshoots occurred this summer of the season also. If Season four begins filming this September, I assume we should not expect the season to wrap until March 2023.

However if principal photography on season four is imminent, I wouldn’t expect the season until 2024 given The Mandalorian season three is slated to release in February, and multiple Star Wars series are slated to follow including Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte. Ahsoka began filming at the start of May, and Skeleton Crew began filming in late June, with both productions primarily filming at Manhattan Beach Studios. Ahsoka is slated to conclude filming in November, with Skeleton Crew following in December.

I’m curious to see if Manhattan Beach can successfully house three Star Wars series filming at the same time, as Lucasfilm have expanded their locations outside of the studio. Typically the Star Wars production at Manhattan Beach Studios also uses the train yard location in El Segundo, there’s other locations sprinkled in, but those have been the primary locations. However with Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew filming side-by-side, the usual plan has changed. Ahsoka is filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and the train yard, whilst Skeleton Crew has been filming in Manhattan Beach Studios, Dominguez Hills, and a studio in Culver City.

Leading man Pedro Pascal is due to begin filming his new project, Strange Way of Life, alongside Ethan Hawke (The Black Phone, Moonknight) later this month and will then move on to filming My Dentists Murder Trial with David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow) for HBO. Perhaps Pascal will film Mando between projects, or he’ll film later in the shoot perhaps for picks-ups and reshoots.

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