Star Wars: Official Casting Announcement for Disney+ Cassian Andor Series
More news is good news. And Star Wars news is the best news, especially when it comes to Lucasfilm’s Disney+ series.
Yesterday, StarWars.com officially confirmed and enhanced news, which had previously been reported:
Genevieve O’Reilly, Denise Gough, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kyle Soller jump aboard the series, headed exclusively to Disney+
The actor who portrayed Mon Mothma in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is among four new cast members just announced for the live-action Cassian Andor series coming to Disney+.
Star Diego Luna will be joined by Genevieve O’Reilly, who will reprise her role as Mon Mothma (Rogue One, Tin Can), as well as newly-announced co-stars Stellan Skarsgard (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Good Will Hunting), Denise Gough (Collett, Angels in America) and Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina, The Titan).
Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One, will write, direct and serve as showrunner for the series, which takes place five years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Additional writers on the series include Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), and Stephen Schiff (The Americans).
We previously reported on Skarsgård and Soller:
But the inclusion of Genevieve O’Reilly was a pleasant surprise.
O’Reilly, who first embodied Mon Mothma in Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith, most recently voiced the role on Star Wars Rebels.
However, O’Reilly’s most interesting Star Wars moment occurred in a deleted scene from Episode III, as explained by The Maker, himself:
And the scene itself:
The above is, perhaps, the most important deleted scene in The Saga (next to, of course, Biggs and Luke at Tosche Station).
And while moments like the below, from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, add context, Star Wars really could have used more about Padme’s resistance and independence from Anakin.
Here’s hoping that Mon Mothma’s inclusion leads to an episode where Cassian tracks his would-be partner, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). And perhaps, in so doing, we have a lead up to Rogue One, the lead up to A New Hope.