The Mandalorian: How Bryce Dallas Howard Channeled Jurassic World

Bryce Dallas Howard was the latest to take a seat in the director’s chair for Disney+’s Star Wars series The MandalorianThe episode, titled “Sanctuary,” featured Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian joining forces with Gina Carano’s Cara Dune to protect a small village.

Speaking with Variety, Howard revealed how she channeled her experience with the Jurassic World franchise when crafting the episode.

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“I had worked with the same puppeteering folks on Terminator and Jurassic, so we spent a lot of time playing with the puppet, we wanted to use it as much as possible rather than relying on CG,” Howard said. She also added that “Having the AT-ST be part of the episode was a particularly exciting opportunity for me because we haven’t seen those machines be as scary as that. I thought this is a total T-Rex opportunity. I had this little model of an AT-ST at home and I’d imagine how it stomped around like a dinosaur.”

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“I thought of it like this monster in the woods, and the villagers don’t know if it’s real, they don’t know what they are up against,” she continued.

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Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. Episodes 1-4 are now streaming on Disney+.

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