For the first time in the Star Wars cinematic universe, the franchise broke away from the Skywalker Saga with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The cast focused on new characters like Jyn Erso, Bodhi Rook, Baz Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe; however, two of the key members of the film, despite their tragic fates, will continue their stories with Disney+. Cassian Andor and K-2SO will return, this time to the small screen.
Rogue One ended with every member of the core cast dying during the Battle of Scarif, with K-2SO being shot down by Empire soldiers and Cassian pershing beside Jyn as the Death Star annihilates the planet. With that in mind, Lucasfilms has decided to tell a prequel about Cassian’s time with the Rebellion. The premise has officially been described as a “rousing spy thriller,” and it will focus on Cassian’s formative years with the Rebellion.
In Rogue One, Cassian is seen as the spy who is willing to get his hands dirty in the name of the Rebellion. Since he was six years old, he’s been part of this fight, and as a result, he’s lost a lot; however, he never lets these obstacles and tragedies stop him from fighting for what is right. That being said, as he remarks in the film, there are things he’s done that he wishes he could forget, but he always did them for the cause he believed in. With a prequel series, fans can see what he’s lost, sacrificed and done in the name of the Rebellion.
The announcement of the show was back in November, 2018. The show has hit several roadblocks, with principal photography originally planned to start last year. Currently, the film is still in pre-production, which had started this spring; however, while they were aiming to start principal photography this year, the Covid-19 Pandemic suspended production. There is still no word on an exact release date, but the show intends to premiere in 2021.
Along with announcing the show, it was confirmed that Diego Luna would be reprising his role as Cassian. Beside him will be K-2SO, who Alan Tudyk did the motion capture and voice acting for in the movie. Tudyk will also be reprising this role, as will Genevieve O’Reilly, who played Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma in Rogue One and Revenge of the Sith.
There are several actors new to the world of Star Wars, including Thor‘s Stellan Skarsgård, Collett’s Denise Gough and Anna Karenina‘s Kyle Soller; however, their characters are unknown. There is also a backlog of unused Star Wars characters that, according to visual effects specialist Neal Scanlan, could get a second life in the show.
As for the showrunner, Stephen Schiff, was originally signed on for the job. Schiff earned two Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series with the KGB spy thriller The Americans. With a focus in espionage and crime, he seemed like the perfect fit to tell this Star Wars story; however, he has recently been replaced by Tony Gilroy. While no longer the showrunner, Schiff is reportedly still one of the writers.
Gilroy is a great fit for the showrunner since he brought Cassian to life as one of the writers of Rogue One’s screenplay. Gilroy also acted as the director for the extensive reshoots of this film. Originally, Gilroy was brought on to rewrite the pilot after Lucasfilms was reportedly disappointed with the show’s scripts, but now he will be heading the project.
Other writers include Gilroy’s brother, Dan Gilroy, who co-wrote Nightcrawler with him. Beau Willimon is also attached, and he’s worked with Gilroy before as the creator of House of Cards, a show produced by Gilroy.
Helmed by showrunner, Tony Gilroy, Star Wars: Cassian Andor stars Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. The Star Wars series does not currently have a confirmed release date, though is expected to premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2021.
Cassian Andor's Disney+'s show, which is described as a spy thriller, is in developments. Here's everything to know about the upcoming Star Wars show.