Bryce Dallas Howard may be saying goodbye to the Jurassic World movies, but she’s not going anywhere. Within the next year, Star Wars fans will even see her direct another episode of The Mandalorian (her third) — and she’s beyond grateful for the support her colleagues and fans have given her.
“I was on a work session with Jon Favreau when this was announced,” Howard told The Los Angeles Times about the Mandalorian news. “I’m like, ‘Oh, I could say yes, I did another episode!’ I’ll get choked up, he’s just the most wonderful man. He was like, ‘Bryce, we were at Celebration and people were so supportive.’ He got choked up talking about how people were so embracing of me.”
It may be true that Star Wars creators like Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni aren’t themselves the diverse voices that open up opportunities for more widely relatable stories to be told. But people like Favreau don’t just open doors for other creators like Howard — they get genuine enjoyment out of doing it. Star Wars thrives on telling stories many different people can resonate with, and this goes even further when the higher-ups making creative decisions use their influence to invite other creators — those with different, but just as valuable experiences to build stories off of — to come in and create their own masterpieces.
It’s clear that, much like George Lucas, Favreau wants to bring others in and set them on the path to even greater success.
Some Star Wars fans have liked BDH’s work on Star Wars TV so much that they’ve been vocal about a Bryce Dallas Howard-directed Star Wars movie or trilogy. Now that Deborah Chow has all but proven Star Wars shows can tell powerful, cohesive stories with a single director behind the camera, perhaps there’s a future opportunity for BDH to get her chance. If she wants to, that is — but she’s been pretty clear about how much she’s enjoyed playing in the Star Wars sandbox.
Maybe someday, though, instead of playing in Jon Favreau or Dave Filoni’s sandboxes, she’ll get to tell Star Wars stories all her own.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian will be released in February 2023 on Disney+.
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