We have learned that Ben Caron and Susanna White are set to direct episodes of the upcoming Andor series for Disney+ and Lucasfilm.
Toby Haynes is already set to direct episodes, having recently wrapped directing and executive producing Amazon’s Utopia. He is also widely known for his popular Black Mirror episode ‘USS Callister’ as well as his Brexit movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Ben Caron is known for his work on Skins, Sherlock, Wallander, as well as directing 11 episodes of The Crown. He also holds Executive Producer credit on 20 episodes of that series. Susanna White’s portfolio includes directing the feature films Nanny McPhee Returns and Woman Walks Ahead. Additionally, she has directed episodes of The Deuce, Trust, Generation Kill, Masters of Sex, Billons, and more.
Diego Luna will reprise his the role of rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One and will be joined by a new supporting cast that includes Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly returning as Mon Mothma.
Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One, will write and serve as showrunner for the series, which takes place five years before the events of the film. Additional writers on the series include Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), and Stephen Schiff (The Americans).
Andor is the first in a new wave of serialized content made specially for Disney+. It will come after The Book of Boba Fett slated for later this year and will be followed by the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which is set to start filming this Spring for a 2022 release. Other live-action projects in the works include the spin-offs Ahsoka, Lando, and Rangers of the New Republic, all announced last year during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day. Disney+ will be the new main home for Star Wars until the theatrical release of Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron in 2023.
Filming on Andor has already begun in London with a mid-2022 release date planned for the 12-episode Disney+ series.