News had just come out that Tony Gilroy was hired to write and direct several episodes for Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars show Cassian Andor, but as it turns out, the series was almost cancelled by Lucasfilm.
This comes from Collider’s Steven Weintraub:
I'd heard the Cassian Andor series was shut down a few weeks ago & everyone working on it was sent home. Heard the story/scripts weren’t good enough. Was getting ready to write a story about what I’d been hearing & the news about Tony Gilroy hit. Wonder what day he was hired 2/2 https://t.co/aQtosuhWLW
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 16, 2019
We don’t know how true this news is for now, but it’s certainly funny that Gilroy would be brought onboard once again to fix something Rogue One-related. In case you didn’t know, it was said that Lucasfilm had brought in Gilroy to completely redo the entire third act of Rogue One, seeing as they couldn’t come to an agreement with original director Gareth Edwards.
I’m not entirely worried that Gilroy is onboard, but I am curious about what caused problems in the first place. At least for now it looks like Lucasfilm is identifying these problems early. They wouldn’t want t a repeat of the fiasco with Solo where they fired the directors close to the end of production and rushed everything with Ron Howard.
We don’t know much about the main story of Cassian Andor, but it will follow the rebel captain before the events of Rogue One. Besides Diego Luna coming back, we’re also getting a return of Alan Tudyk who plays the reprogrammed Imperial droid, K-2SO.
No release date has been set for the Cassian Andor series, but you can catch the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian when it airs on Disney+ on Nov. 12.