The ‘Cassian Andor’ series, based on Diego Luna’s ‘Rogue One’ character, was announced last year but so far, there has been no notable movement on the project. In fact, according to Discussing Film, the series was almost canceled, before Tony Gilroy came on board. Gilroy handled the extensive reshoots for ‘Rogue One’ and will write the pilot script for ‘Cassian Andor’ as well as direct an undisclosed number of episodes. Stephen Schaffer (‘The Americans’) serves as showrunner.
Now word has surfaced that filming will actually kick off in June in Europe. ‘Cassian Andor’ was described as a “spy thriller” when it was first announced. Obviously, this is a prequel but be prepared to go really far back into the life of Andor. Lucasfilm is reportedly casting 9 and 13-year-old versions of Cassian, as well as his 9-year-old sister.
Joining Luna will be Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2SO.
Considering that ‘Cassian Andor’ won’t start filming until June, and the ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series starring Ewan McGregor won’t begin production until July, it doesn’t seem likely that either will be released in 2020. However, ‘The Mandalorian’ is already filming its sophomore season, so that should be back fairly quickly. There is also now a RUMOR of another secret series that may have already begun filming, based on the Marvel comic book character ‘Doctor Aphra’. If that show is indeed already filming, it could be released in 2020 as well.
‘The Mandalorian’ has proven to be a smash hit for the fledgling Disney+ service, with The Child/”Baby Yoda” becoming a meme sensation. So it makes sense that Disney would want more new ‘Star Wars’ products to deliver to subscribers. Of course, it remains to be seen if ‘Cassian Andor’ and ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ can deliver ‘Mandalorian’-sized numbers. After all, there’s only one Baby Yoda.
Are you looking forward to ‘Cassian Andor’ and/or other new ‘Star Wars’ shows?