There are several Star Wars shows in the works for Disney+, including one focusing on the Rogue One character of Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. Showrunner Tony Gilroy was set to direct the first few episodes of the new series, but it has now been reported he has been replaced by Black Mirror director Toby Haynes.
Gilroy is hardly the first director to be replaced on a recent Star Wars production. He himself took over from Gareth Edwards for reshoots and post-production of Rogue One, and the initial directors of both Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Rise of Skywalker were replaced during production and pre-production respectively. However, this time, Gilroy has not been fired. As Deadline reports, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Gilroy will not be travelling to the UK to work on the show.
Gilroy was set to direct the first three episode of the series, but has decided not to leave New York to fly to the UK, where the series is set to be shot. Haynes will helm them instead, as he was already scheduled to direct later episodes in the series. Deadline states that Gilroy will remain as showrunner and executive producer.
The Cassian Andor series does not have an official title yet, and with production yet to commence, it is unlikely to be released until later in 2021. However, various cast members have been added over the past few months. In April it was reported that Genevieve O’Reilly will reprise her role as Mon Mothma, a character she played in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One, and on the animated series Rebels. Other cast members include Denise Gough, Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller, and Alan Tudyk, who will play Andor’s droid K-2SO once more.
In related news, The Mandalorian Season 2 hits Disney+ in November. The trailer for the new season of the first live-action Star Wars series was released last month. For more, check out everything we know so far about every upcoming Star Wars movie and show.
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