Disney+ is reportedly looking to amp up the production of the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spinoff series. With Diego Luna on-board to reprise his role as Cassian Andor, the series will now welcome a new filmmaker to step in to direct following the departure of its original director, Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity). According to the Deadline, Black Mirror‘s Toby Haynes will take over directorial duties moving forward.
Per the initial report, Haynes will direct the first three episodes of the series. Gilroy is reportedly unable to fulfill his previously assigned duties as director due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. However, Gilroy will continue to serve as the spinoff’s showrunner and executive producer. In addition to his work on Black Mirror, Haynes is known for working on other TV series like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Being Human. While plot details remain scarce at this time, the show will be set years before the events of Rogue One as Cassian gets more and more involved in the Rebellion. Harley Quinn star Alan Tudyk will reprise his role as the droid K-2SO as well. Moreover, Morbius star Adria Arjona will appear in a starring role as well.
Additionally, the cast of the upcoming series will include Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller (The Inheritance) as well. Moreover, iconic Star Wars characters like Grand Moff Tarkin, Mon Mothma, and Bail Organa will reportedly appear as well.
Rogue One debuted as the first Star Wars film to deviate from the franchise’s normal episodic nature. It featured a bevy of new characters and shed light on the rise of Darth Vader post-Revenge of the Sith. However, the film’s events ended with tragedy as the Empire crushed the opposition after they successfully completed their mission.
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