Star Wars TV Show The Mandalorian Adds Extraction Director To Help Ramp Up The Action

The director of the action-heavy Chris Hemsworth Netflix movie Extraction, Sam Hargrave, has come aboard The Mandalorian Season 2 as a second unit director.

Hargrave told Collider that he was brought on to “bring a little extra perspective” and “add a few things” for Season 2 of the Star Wars TV show. Hargrave previously worked on movies like Suicide Squad, Deadpool 2, and both Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War. He said in the interview he brought his experience and expertise from these movies to The Mandalorian Season 2.

“You know, it was just to bring a little extra perspective, add a few things; things I’ve learned while working on superhero movies, little tricks which make the performances easier and using visual effects to enhance certain things,” he explained. “Just bringing a little bit of experience and knowledge to where we could take it to another level and up the ante. The next season is really, really cool. The way the story arcs is really cool. So we tried to have the action represent that and take it to the next level. I think we did that.”

Extraction was loaded with action, including a lengthy “one shot” that was remarkably well done.

Given that he’s the second unit director on The Mandalorian, Hargrave didn’t have final say on certain editing choices like he did with his own movie, Extraction. However, Hargrave said the producers on The Mandalorian Season 2 “seemed to be happy” with the shots that he turned in.

Also in the interview, Hargrave shared that Lucasfilm approached him for The Mandalorian Season 2 while he was in the middle of post-production on Extraction. They pitched him on the idea of taking the action in Season 2 “to another level,” and Hargrave was keen to sign on.

Hargrave said it was a “fascinating adventure” working on The Mandalorian Season 2. Specifically, he mentioned the unique way in which they shoot the series. It’s part traditional live-action shooting and part futuristic with its use of a technology called “The Volume” that uses Fortnite developer Epic’s Unreal Engine to provide a new level of possibilities for creatives.

The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres on Disney+ this October. The sophomore season features a number of new cast members, including Timothy Olyphant, Rosario Dawson, Michael Biehn, and Temuera Morrison.

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