‘Star Wars: Rogue One‘ Disney+ Series Gets New ‘Black Mirror‘ Director. According to Deadline, Filmmaker Tony Gilroy has moved from the role of director for the new and untitled Star Wars Cassian Andor series to Executive Producer and show runner after concerns over traveling to the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic as filming begins at Pinewood Studios for the new Disney+ series. Black Mirror Director Toby Haynes has accepted the position as director for the series in place of Gilroy at Lucasfilm, but Haynes will work closely with Gilroy to keep the stories integrity intact for the currently untitled Cassian Andor series.
Deadline shared the exclusive report, stating: “Sources say Gilroy dropped off as director for COVID-19-related travel reasons. Gilroy lives in New York and had to make a decision quickly on whether he would head over to the UK for the shoot; in the end, he thought it would be best that he stay in New York and have Haynes take over his directing duties,” the report continued, “Haynes already was high on the list of directors who would helm future episodes and since he also already was in the UK, all parties thought this would make the most sense. Gilroy will stay very much involved with the series as exec producer and showrunner.”
Currently, Adria Arjona is expected to co-lead alongside Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) in a secretive role in the series. Recently, it was shared that Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa) and Alistair Petrie (General Draven, Rogue One) would be reprising their roles for the new Star Wars Disney+ series. Andy Tudyk is set to reprise his role as K-2SO and Genevieve O’Reilly will return as Mon Mothma. New cast members for the series include Stellan Skarsgard (Thor), Denise Gough (The Good Traitor) and Kyle Soller (Fury). No details have been revealed about the new characters or position in the series.
The new Star Wars series “Follows the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor, which he originated in the 2016 film. The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”
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