Cassian Andor Star Wars Series Has A Director
Toby Haynes to Direct the First Three Episodes of “Cassian Andor”
The Mandalorian Season 2 will debut soon. However, Lucasfilm and Disney+ keep moving forward on new projects.
But, out of necessity, the newest Star Wars collaboration (the untitled “Cassian Andor” series) recently found a new director.
Showrunner Tony Gilroy decided not to travel to the UK during the pandemic.
Haynes Will Helm Star Wars Series Start
In an exclusive, Deadline’s Will Thorne reported:
As Disney+ prepares to start production on its new Rogue One spinoff series, it will be doing so with a new director as sources tell Deadline Toby Haynes will helm the first three episodes, replacing Tony Gilroy.
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.
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.
Disney declined to comment on the Deadline story.
Setting Up The Prequel Series
Cassian Andor is a prequel to 2016’s Rogue One, centered on Diego Luna’s character, a Rebel spy, and freedom fighter.
The Hollywood Reporter added:
In addition to Black Mirror, Haynes is known for directing episodes of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Sherlock, Doctor Who and the new Amazon series Utopia.
The untitled Cassian Andor series is one of several live-action TV projects Lucasfilm has for Disney+, including Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which launches season two Oct. 30, as well as an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor.