The Mandalorian season 3 release date is official

The Mandalorian season 3
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The Mandalorian season 3 has completed filming, and now we know when it's coming back. While everyone's talking about Obi-Wan Kenobi right now, the service's first big hit is coming back in 2023. And we now know the day it drops.

And as we look to the release of The Mandalorian season 3, we're finding plenty of rumors along the way. Wookiees may enter the series, and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson still wants to direct an episode in this galaxy far, far away.

Season 2 closed out in spectacular and very surprising fashion, with a jaw-dropping return/cameo. The conclusion created a ton of questions about The Mandalorian season 3 and where its central characters, the titular bounty hunter and the Force-wielding Baby Yoda, will wind up.

In the finale, Mando/Din Djarin successfully rescued Grogu (we've learned that's Baby Yoda's real name) from the clutches of the evil Moff Gideon. Then, they were both saved from the Dark Troopers by none other than Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill, de-aged by CGI).

Afterward, Mando latter gently encouraged his adopted son to go with the Jedi for training. Before they parted, Din took off his helmet to say a tender goodbye (sob). Fortunately, The Book of Boba Fett reunited the pair, and we're eager to see what new adventures await them. 

Here's what we know so far about The Mandalorian season 3.

The Mandalorian season 3 latest news (updated May 26)

  • Mandalorian season 3 is due on March 1, 2023 — delayed slightly from its previous Feb. 2023 window.
  • Veteran actor Christopher Lloyd is joining the cast.
  • Filming has wrapped on season 3, according to images released by the costume department.

The Mandalorian season 3 release date announced

Disney's original announcement that the Mandalorian season 3 release date will take place in February 2023 has now been proven wrong, by Disney. 

The Mandalorian season 3 is coming on March 1, 2023

The Mandalorian season 3 cast

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. 

The biggest confirmed Mandalorian season 3 casting news is that Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd is on board. According to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), "Character details for his role are being kept locked in the trunk of a DeLorean, but it has been described as guest-starring in nature."

As for other recurring cast members, Carl Weathers is likely to reappear 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 Mayfeld, 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. 

Recently, Wen told Digital Spy (opens in new tab) that she's unsure of if she will be in The Mandalorian season 3, stating "We're so secretive about everything, right? We don't call the shows, the shows. The contracts are always under different names. The show is under different names."

Grogu has reunited with Mando, but that doesn't preclude another cameo 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 (opens in new tab). Their most recent rumor says that Ezra Bridger, an important character from Star Wars Rebels, is joining an upcoming live-action project and that Aladdin star Mena Massoud has been cast as Ezra. Massoud stoked fan speculation himself by posting an Instagram with a quote from Ezra:

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Ezra could make an appearance on The Mandalorian season 3, or he might just show up on Star Wars: Ahsoka. After all, the last we saw of Ahsoka, she was looking for Admiral Thrawn, who was last seen with Ezra in the Rebels finale.

Season 3 might bring another blast from the past in the form of Wookiees. The fan podcast Bespin Bulletin (opens in new tab) is circulating the rumor that Chewbacca's speces may make an appearance in the next installment. 

"Last year I heard rumors that a Wookiee or Wookiees may appear in The Mandalorian. I've heard of a Wookiee showing up again as of late from a secondary source and even saw proof that a Wookiee might be appearing in The Mandalorian Season 3 from a new source," Bespin Bulletin said. "I don't know if the Wookiee is of any significance, if it's a character we're familiar with, or if even just a background character. Just thought it was worth mentioning as we all love a fuzzball."

The Mandalorian season 3 story and episodes

The Mandalorian season 2 finale opened up a huge can of sandworms. The Mandalorian's first two seasons revolved around the bounty hunter protecting Baby Yoda and looking for its people. 

After sending Grogu off with Luke Skywalker, Mando seemed at a bit of a loss for what to do. He ended up helping Boba Fett and Fennec Shand in their war against the Pykes on Tatooine. 

Then, surprise! Grogu showed up. It seems the little guy has given up Jedi training to hang out with his adoptive dad again. But now what? Will Mando return to bounty hunting, with Grogu as his sidekick? Or will they both settle down on Navarro alongside Greef. Or will Din Djarin take full ownership of the Dark Saber and get involved in the fight to liberate Mandalore? 

If it's the latter, Bo-Katan may not be entirely happy about that. She asked for his help, but more as her underling/foot soldier. Bo-Katan covets that Dark Saber — but does she want it so much that she'll duel Din Djarin for it? 

Din has exhibited zero interest in intergalactic politics, so we're curious to see if (and how) he gets pulled into the greater Mandalorian saga. As for Grogu, his Force powers could come in very handy in a fight, as we've seen already.

The Mandalorian season 3 episodes and directors

While Disney hasn't confirmed anything yet, we're guessing that The Mandalorian season 3 will consist of eight episodes, just like the previous seasons. 

So far, there's no official word on the episode directors. In the past, Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard and Dave Filoni have sat in the chair. 

Could a past Star Wars director return for a Mandalorian season 3 episode? Writer Sariah Wilson tweeted that Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi, expressed "he was dying to" try his hand at the Disney Plus series. Alas, he's very busy with Knives Out 2, which may prevent him from being able to come aboard.

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Kelly Woo
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Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.