George Lucas Urged Dave Filoni To "Go Faster" On Set Of 'The Mandalorian' Season 2

Even though George Lucas sold Lucasfilm, and by extension Star Wars, to Disney in October 2012, he has still popped up every once in a while as further live-action projects were made. Famously, he was not very involved with the sequel trilogy, though J.J. Abrams did talk about having a discussion about the Force with George as The Rise of Skywalker was being made. In terms of being physically present on the set of a film, however, we know that George visited the sets of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story. For the latter, he gave the suggestion that Han would just leave a coat lying on the floor rather than pick it up.

He was even on the set of The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV show ever made. A snippet of Favreau asking him about the Star Wars Holiday Special during the production of season 1 can be seen in the Disney+ documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. Keeping up with the tradition, Lucas visited the set during the production of season 2 (set to premiere October 30), as was revealed in a new Entertainment Weekly interview. Series creator Jon Favreau talked about how Lucas would advise writer/director Dave Filoni about what to do:

"He would be giving Dave a hard time about how many setups he was getting and how fast he was shooting and urging him to go faster. He was like a boxer's corner man coaching him, but always with a twinkle in his eye."

This is a rather amusing image to think about. Given that Filoni has had a working relationship with Lucas in the past during the making of The Clone Wars animated series, it is rather fun to hear that Lucas is still suggesting things but ultimately rooting for the guy. Lucas’ advise that Filoni’s approach should be faster may also bring to mind stories of how Lucas would say “faster” and “more intense” during the making of the original trilogy. Some things change, but some things stay the same.

For some fans, it can be reassuring to hear about these instances in which Lucas is still involved with the Star Wars franchise hear and there. Even though he may not have been the perfect director for all of his films, he is the creator, and without his ideas, we would not have this beloved galaxy far, far away. Even though he is no longer at the helm of the franchise, it can be nice to know that he is popping in every now and then, like a grandparent checking up on the parents taking care of the grandchild. (With The Mandalorian so focused on The Child, I do not think that this analogy is too out there.) Plus, Lucas’ visits may alleviate worries about whether or not Star Wars stories are in good hands. One’s opinion does not have to match that of Lucas, but it can be simply fun to hear these kinds of stories.

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Source(s): The Direct, Entertainment Weekly