Rogue One: A Star Wars Story re-director Tony Gilroy has decided to step away from directing the first three episodes of the Cassian Andor series for Disney+. Gilroy is based out of New York and traveling out of the country from New York is not only dangerous but difficult as it comes with a lot of stipulations.
Sources say Gilroy was forced to drop off as director due to COVID-19 related travel reasons. Gilroy lives in New York and had to make a decision quickly on whether he would head over to the U.K. for the shoot and in the end thought it would be best that he stay in New York and have Haynes take over his directing duties.
Deadline also says that Haynes was high on the list to direct future episodes of the series. It isn’t clear if they mean the fourth episode forward or for the second season. In the end, this could be a pretty good thing if Haynes directs the entire season as it will mean a more consistent voice. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is said to have Debrah Chow directing the limited series for this reason (although it’s rumored to only be four episodes now).
I’m pretty jazzed about anyone from Black Mirror being involved in telling Star Wars stories, honestly. Haynes directed the excellent episode with Jesse Plemons (who was high on the list for a role in The Force Awakens at one point).
It’s nice to know the Rogue One prequel isn’t being pushed back further. It’s nice to know it’s on its way still and coming to Pinewood Studios. It’s nice to know more Star Wars is coming and we have something fun to look forward to as the world gets increasingly more dangerous right now.
I’m also glad Gilroy decided to stay safe but also to keep running the show. I can’t wait to see where they take Star Wars with the spy thriller genre. With Gilroy involved, we will still get that same level of quality we have from the feature films.