Yet another production hiccup on a Star Wars project.
Deadline reports that Tony Gilroy has stepped down as director on the upcoming Cassian Andor series with Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes said to replace him, who will direct the first three episodes.
They are using COVID-19 travel restrictions as the reason for Tony deciding against directing the episodes as he is in New York City. Haynes is said to have been wanted to direct future episodes so it was seemingly an organic choice to hire him. Gilroy is said to be still involved creatively as executive producer and showrunner.
UPDATE: The Playlist adds that Tony hopes to still direct some episodes if the COVID-19 travel restrictions allow him towards the end of the shoot.
Sources close to the project told us a few months back that Gilroy was still hoping to direct episodes, maybe the finale and a few episodes toward the end, but all of that is contingent on safety and how well the COVID situation is in the U.K. and the U.S. Given that the U.K. is going through a second-wave of COVID and implementing new precautions as we speak, it would not surprise me if those plans do not come to fruition as hoped, but we shall see.
Toby is likely best known for directing the Black Mirror episode U.S.S. Callister, which was expected to get a spinoff series of it’s own.
The Disney+ series is a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as it will follow the exploits of Rebellion spy Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna with Alan Tudyk reprising the role of quippy droid K2S0.
Cassian Andor’s cast also includes Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kyle Soller.
This hiccup would suggest that filming would indeed take place at Pinewood Studios UK as with other Star Wars productions.
The series has yet to be given an official title by Lucasfilm/Disney.