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After taking over reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, director Tony Gilroy was set to develop the Cassian Andor spinoff series for Disney+. With COVID-19 effectively delaying production though, Gilroy was forced to step down from the role and have someone else take over.
According to Deadline, Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes will be taking over Gilroy’s responsibilities and will helm the first three episodes of the show. Apparently Haynes was already at the top of the list to direct and it was easier for him to take over since he was already in the UK for the shoot; Gilroy had opted to stay in New York for the pandemic.
While Gilroy may be handing over reigns to Haynes, he’s still pretty much attached to Cassian Andor as an executive producer and showrunner. No doubt he might be able to take over for some episodes should the pandemic start to blow over—if it blows over.
Though The Mandalorian is set to continue with a couple more seasons, it’s still unsure if Cassian Andor will follow the same format. It’s been confirmed that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series would only last for one season, and it’s possible that Andor could go the same way. Then again, maybe Disney would change their mind depending on the reception. As of now, some fans are still sceptical about the show and its focus. Personally, I just want a continuation for Solo: A Star Wars Story because that film is severely underrated.
No release date has been set for Cassian Andor, but the second season of The Mandalorian is set to premiere on DDisney+ on Oct. 30.