5:05 pm EDT, September 22, 2020

‘Rogue One’ spinoff series taps ‘Black Mirror’ helmer to direct

The Rogue One prequel spinoff series coming down the pipeline at Disney+ has found its newest director in Toby Haynes.

According to Deadline, Black Mirror vet Toby Haynes has officially signed on to direct the first three episodes of the upcoming Rogue One prequel spinoff series.

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Haynes comes on as previously announced director Tony Gilroy steps away from the forthcoming Disney+ original series.

Gilroy, in turn, was originlaly set to helm the first three episodes of the highly anticipated live-action Star Wars series. Per sources close to the project, the New York-based director chose to step back from the project due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically, it’s being reported that Gilroy chose to walk from the project due to travel reasons. Staying on would have meant traveling to the U.K. for the shoot, and in the end, Gilroy decided it was better to stay put in New York and hand the reigns over to Haynes.

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Though Gilroy won’t be directing the first three episodes of the Rogue One prequel spinoff series, he still plans to be involved behind the sevens as an executive producer and showrunner.

Production on the prequel series, which focuses on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) has been picking up steam over the course of the past few months— specifically on the casting front.

Just last month, we learned that Pacific Rim: Uprising star Adria Arjona had signed on to star opposite Luna in the series. Additionally, April brought word that Genevieve O’Reilly would be returning to reprise her role as Mon Mothma for the series. Finally, Stellan Skarsgard also joined the cast of the series back in April in a role that’s currently unknown.

There’s still no word on when we can expect the Rogue One prequel series to debut via Disney+.

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