EXCLUSIVE: As Disney+ prepares to start production on its next Rogue One spin-off series, it will be doing so with a new director as sources tell Deadline Toby Haynes will direct the first three episodes, replacing Tony Gilroy. Sources say Gilroy was forced to drop off as director due to 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 U.K. for the shoot and in the end thought it would be best that he stay in New York and have Haynes take over his directing duties.
Haynes was already high on the list of directors who would direct future episodes and since he was also already in the U.K., all parties thought this would make the most sense. Gilroy will stay very much involved with the seres as exec producer and show runner.
The series revolves around the Cassian Andor character, played by Diego Luna in the feature film, and is currently in pre-production will plans to start shooting next month. Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller also are on board.
A Disney spokesperson declined to comment.
The untitled show focuses on Rebel agent Andor prior to the events of Rogue One in the early days of the Rebellion against the Empire. The show had been described as a “spy thriller” when plans for it first were revealed last year. It was also previously announced that Luna would return as Andor, while Alan Tudyk is set to reprise his role as K-2SO, Andor’s droid sidekick.
Following the huge success of The Mandalorian, Disney Plus has ramped its development on other Star Wars series, which include this one, a second season ofThe Mandalorian and a series focused on young Obi Wan-Kenobi with Ewan McGregor reprising the role.
Haynes has been on a role as of late which started with directing the Emmy winning Black Mirror episode U.S.S. Callister starring Jesse Plemons. The special had a Star Trek meets Twilight Zone feel and is still a fan favorite among Black Mirror fans. He followed that up by directing the HBO movie Brexit starring Benedict Cumberbatch and also has the highly anticipated Amazon series Utopia, which premieres this Friday.
He is repped by WME.
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