The Mandalorian on Disney +: How was the final scene of season 2 shot?

The documentary “Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian” explores the filming of the final episode of “The Mandalorian” season 2, marked by the return of an iconic character from the saga.

Attention, what follows goes into detail on the final episode of The Mandalorian season 2. If you have not seen it, and do not want to know anything about its content, then you are strongly recommended to interrupt your trip now. reading this article.

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It was one of the highlights of the year before: Luke Skywalker’s surprise return in the final episode of The Mandalorian season 2. As the heroes of the series were cornered against Moff Gideon’s droids. , the Jedi knight made his appearance to take under his wing Grogu (aka Baby Yoda). The occasion of heartbreaking farewells with his protector, Din Djarin. A scene that is already cult, the backstage of which is told in the fascinating documentary Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.

At a time when scenario leaks are more and more frequent, the production of the Star Wars series has accomplished the feat of keeping Luke’s comeback a secret until the episode airs. In the hours which followed the retransmission of this final, Mark Hamill had also thanked the team of the program, evoking even “the fulfillment of a dream” for the one who has since announced that he is done for good with the role of the Jedi.

To keep the appearance of the character a secret, the production resorted to several tricks. Present on the set with a small film crew, Mark Hamill did not shoot the scene with the other actors in the series. To better confuse the issue, an alternate ending present in the scenario evoked the return of Plo Koon, a Jedi killed during the Clone Wars.

The intrigue of The Mandalorian taking place hardly a few years after the action of Return of the Jedi, it was thus necessary to “rejuvenate” Mark Hamill to make him find the time of a few minutes his young man’s features. Present on the set to play the stage, the latter also took part in a facial digitization session in a room filled with sensors.

The scenes were also played by Matt Rugetti, a younger actor who bears a physical resemblance to the thirty-something Luke Skywalker. Recruited in an unconventional way (otherwise the return of the character would have leaked), the latter served as a model for the movements of Mark Hamill, but also as a diversion since it was he who gave the reply to the other comedians of the series during of the shoot.

It was then via Deep Fake technology, consisting of superimposing two faces via an image database generated by artificial intelligence, that it was possible to restore Luke Skywalker to his youth. A method that the director of the episode Peyton Reed knows well for having also used it in the two Ant-Man opuses.

The return of Luke Skywalker has been hailed by many fans as one of the most defining moments in the Star Wars saga since its takeover by Disney. A masterstroke therefore, while other key characters of the license will soon return in other exclusive productions, in particular Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series which will be dedicated to him.

The two seasons of The Mandalorian season 2 and the documentary Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian can be found exclusively on Disney +.

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