Ryan Watson has been announced as the Stunt Coordinator for the upcoming Disney+ title The Mandalorian. This is the latest in a long line of fascinating casting calls, from Nick Nolte to Carl Weathers.
The names of stunt coordinators are rarely known from film to film less they have one that stands out, but even then they fall back into obscurity quickly.
Who Is Ryan Watson?
So who is Ryan Watson? He has done stunt coordinating and choreography on multiple films over his life time. Here are a few that he has led. You may or may not have heard of them:
- Wonder Woman,
- Batman v Superman;
- 300: Rise of an Empire;
- Man of Steel;
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine;
- Underworld Evolution; and
- V for Vendetta, among a multitude of others.
Sure, many films have their issues. This films on this list, however, all have one thing in common: their stunts and fights have been magnificent. Now think of those films and their fights/stunt work along with actors like Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. Here is some of what Pedro did in his Game of Thrones role (it is graphic at the end). Here is some of what Gina Carano has done. And if that wasn’t “real enough”, here is some REAL Gina:
What Could This Lead To?
Now take all of that seen above and seen before and add to that the history and reputation of the Mandalorian race and we have a match made through the Force. You usually do not call a keeper of the peace and pacifist as a “gunslinger”. The fighting will be fierce and I would assume frequent. Even then if we get tons of fights or just a few, they should be QUITE memorable.
I would really like to know if this is a series meant to run X number of years, or if it will run until they run out of story, which could be never. It always sucks when shows run for 4-5 years and then stop by design. They are mid stride and going strong, which makes their endings all the more painful. Then again when shows outrun their story, they lose their glory.
The potential for this show is extremely high. Let us hope for Star Wars sake it lives up to it, less the poisonous base destroy the franchise once and for all. The Mandalorian releases some time this fall on Disney+.