In 2019, D23 Expo, Disney confirmed, among what seemed to be endless news and updates, that we could be getting a Cassian Andor original series streaming to Disney+. Cassian Andor is a rebel that we were first introduced to in Rogue One (2016) and the series was announced to star actor Diego Luna reprising his role as the titular character as well as Alan Tudyk reprising his role as fan favourite droid sidekick K-2SO. Alongside these actors we will also see Stellan Skarsgard, Denise Gough, Adria Arjona, Genevieve O’Reilly and Kyle Soller.
According to Deadline, the series has found a new director of the first three episodes in the form of Toby Haynes, due to previous director Tony Gilroy dropping out for COVID-19 travel problems for the start of production (which is in the plans to begin next month).
The series will be filming their episodes in the UK, and with Gilroy living in New York it became quickly evident how unlikely it was that we would see travel restrictions lifted for the sake of television production. Haynes was already in the UK and on the list of directors who could helm episodes of the series, so he seems a logical choice for Disney to make, with Gilroy staying on as producer and showrunner.
Haynes has been behind the camera in the directing chair for Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, ‘U.S.S Callister’, a science-fiction inspired storyline which seems a fitting role for a director to hold within a multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise.
We can hope that this untitled Cassian Andor series can meet the same success and expectations that the first Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian has managed to create for itself, and we also hope the same for future Star Wars series centered around one of the franchise’s most popular characters, Obi Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor reprising his prequel role to play the Jedi.