As COVID complications prevent Tony Gilroy from getting to the set, Toby Haynes is stepping in to direct the first several episodes of the upcoming Star Wars live-action series.
Just as Rogue One seemed to have a number of issues behind the scenes before making it to theaters, it’s upcoming Prequel series, focused on Cassian Andor, is following suit. This time, however, are due to COVID complications. Deadline is reporting that Tony Gilroy, who was set to helm the first three episodes of the Star Wars series, won’t be doing so any more.
Due to travel restrictions related to the ongoing pandemic, Gilroy has made the decision to not fly out to the UK where filming on Cassian will take place (supposedly kicking off next month). Instead, he’s trusting Toby Haynes to take over. Haynes, who’s directed episodes of Black Mirror, Doctor Who, and Sherlock, was apparently already on the list to direct later episodes of the series, so the transition is sure to be a smooth one.
Gilroy will still remain highly involved in the production, acting as Executive Producer and Showrunner. Now, with filming set to begin very soon, hopefully we can get a few more details on the show along with more cast members (beyond Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kyle Soller).
The Cassian series was set to release on Disney Plus in 2021, but no word yet on if that timeframe will hold considering the unexpected delays. Are you looking forward to this series?