Disney+ Day is coming next week and there is plenty of online speculation regarding what is going to be shown or announced by Lucasfilm for their upcoming string of live-action Star Wars shows for the streaming service that is expected to get a big promotional bump at the event.
Rodrigo Perez of The Playlist mentioned in a recent tweet that Deigo Luna’s prequel series Andor will be getting a third season with showrunner “Tony Gilroy staying on.” We already knew that Andor was going to have 12 episodes shot and expected to be split into two seasons, this would be the second Star Wars show to get a third season alongside The Mandalorian.
Forest Whitaker will reprise the role of Saw Gerrera, which was confirmed earlier in the year via Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Dune, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). Whitaker also reprises the role in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
I’m sure fans are curious if we’ll see characters from Star Wars: Rebels or the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, as someone like Cal Kestis (played by Cameron Monaghan) could be a good fit depending on Lucasfilm’s live-action plans for him.
The rest of the Andor cast includes Adria Arjona (Morbius), Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, Robert Emms (Chernobyl), Fiona Shaw, and Kyle Soller.
Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Utopia, Black Mirror) will be directing with a writing team that includes Tony Gilroy (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), and Stephen Schiff (The Americans).
Andor’s 12-episode run will debut on Disney+ sometime in 2022.
There is also a tiny production update on The High Republic series, The Acolyte, as the show is said to have the working title of Paradox, as mentioned by The Illuminerdi. The show’s working title is also backed up by Production Weekly.
Adding that a key role is a female character named Aura (possible codename) and production could begin sometime this summer, despite director/directors not being announced.
Lucasfilm has an opportunity to give fans an original story and characters given that this takes place 200 years before the Skywalker Saga, allowing the studio to finally make something new that isn’t beholden to previous films and shows. As stuff like The Mandalorian quickly shrugged off their original angle to bring in existing characters like Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, Bo-Katan, and Ahsoka Tano becoming more focused on fan service than doing its own thing.
We suspect Lucasfilm will be announcing directors for The Acolyte next week and likely won’t be ready to air on Disney+ until 2023 alongside Ahsoka. There is also an assumption that we’ll get some casting updates on Patty Jenkin’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron as well.
SOURCE: THE PLAYLIST & THE ILLUMINERDI