With reports coming out that season 3 of The Mandalorian has begun shooting, we now have news of returning actors arriving on set. With Lucasfilm usually keeping most production details under wraps, it’s likely this won’t be the case for most new cast members, but someone like Carl Weathers isn’t to be deterred by those concerns. The actor, who famously played Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise and Colonel Al Dillon in Predator, is set to return to a galaxy far, far away as Grief Karga, as he begins his on-screen work today.
Karga, who we last saw in the second season’s Chapter 12: The Siege, is now one of the leaders behind the rehabilitation of a settlement on the planet Nevarro. The character remained on the planet alongside Cara Dune, who we won’t see returning following the issues actress Gina Carano dealt with leading up to her leaving the show altogether. So being, Weathers will, as of now, be joined by Pedro Pascal and Giancarlo Esposito who will be reprising their roles as Din Djarin and Moff Gideon, respectively.
With Weathers back, it also shouldn’t be off the table having him direct an episode or two. He already has directed several TV episodes spread out through a number of shows (Hawaii Five-0, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Chicago Med) even doing so in the aforementioned Chapter 12. With The Mandalorian creator and executive produced Jon Favreau being a big proponent of bringing different visions to each of the show’s episodes (9 different directors in 16 episodes), it’s probably a safe bet to imagine Weathers will return to the director’s chair.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian doesn’t yet have an official release date, but all signs point to a 2022 premiere. After having its first season released in 2019, with the second coming in the following year, 2021 will become the first year without a new episode. This opened things up for The Book of Boba Fett, a spin-off of the show following both the title character and Fennec Shand, which will premiere on Disney+ on December 29, 2021.