Sam Hargrave, who made his directorial debut with Netflix’s Chris Hemsworth-led Extraction, has discussed his hiring as the second unit director for The Mandalorian season two.
In a recent interview with Collider, Hargrave revealed his involvement in the upcoming second season and how he was hired to take the action sequences to another level following his extensive career as a stunt coordinator.
“The difference is, with Extraction, I’m in the editing room so I can be extremely confident [the action] is going to be what it’s going to be. I’m not editing these episodes. […] But I know the footage we delivered, as a second-unit, they seemed to be happy with. We worked closely with the stunt team there, with Bryan Watson and the team that had done the first season; they did a really great job.”
“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. 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.”
This isn’t Hargrave’s first experience of crafting extensive action sequences as before taking the director’s chair for Extraction, Hargrave’s has also worked on numerous projects as a second unit director or stuntman including Atomic Blonde, Suicide Squad, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
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The Mandalorian season two is set to premiere in October 2020 and sees the returning Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) and Bill Burr (Mayfield) alongside new cast additions Rosario Dawson (Daredevil), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), Katee Sackhoff (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator).