Giancarlo Esposito, star of The Mandalorian, has a message for his coworkers who have not been immunized against the coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay away from the set. “If you don’t want to be vaccinated, go to a little island and isolate yourself,” Esposito told The Hollywood Reporter. “Otherwise, you’re telling everyone else, ‘F**k you.'” We must all do it if we want to survive. I don’t understand why folks don’t vaccinate their children. I’ve lost close pals, so I know it’s genuine. Not just in Europe, but also in America, I had pals who were perfectly healthy and unaffected. Vaccination is the solution. I’m not dismissing anyone who refuses to be vaccinated. Don’t bother working! Go ride it out somewhere where you won’t bargain anybody else if you get it.”
The Walt Disney Firm, which owns The Mandalorian’s production company Lucasfilm, has required that all personnel at its U.S. facilities get the COVID-19 vaccination in order to fight the spread of the COVID-19 delta version. “The safety and well-being of our workers during the epidemic has been and continues to be a primary concern at The Walt Disney Corporation,” the company said in a statement in July. “Vaccines are the most powerful instrument we have to combat this worldwide pandemic and safeguard our personnel.” Several major Hollywood studios and guilds agreed to a revised set of COVID-19 standards around the time of Disney’s announcement. Those measures, which remained in effect until the end of September, gave producers “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies” for cast and crew members working in Zone A – the area on film sets where cast and crew are often forced to work in close quarters without protective equipment.
In The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2, Esposito portrayed former Imperial commander Moff Gideon. He is anticipated to reprise the role for Season 3, which is scheduled to begin filming soon (if it hasn’t already). Meanwhile, The Book of Boba Fett will start up where The Mandalorian Season 2 finale left off, following Boba and his associate Fennec Shand as they traverse the criminal underground of the Star Wars galaxy. The Book of Boba Fett launches on Disney+ on December 29, with Season 3 of The Mandalorian following in 2022.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter