The first three episodes of the Disney+ prequel series, which is set to follow Diego Luna's freedom fighter Cassian Andor, will be directed by Black Mirror's Toby Haynes, instead of writer Tony Gilroy as originally intended.
According to Deadline, Gilroy, who lives in New York, has opted to relinquish some duties early on to Haynes, who is based in the UK, because of scheduling complications and travel logistics around COVID-19.
Gilroy will stay on board as showrunner and executive producer.
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Fortunately, Haynes is certainly no stranger to the sci-fi genre, having previously directed 'USS Callister', the opening episode of the fourth season in Charlie Brooker's dystopian drama.
The instalment sees Fargo star Jesse Plemons play programmer Robert Daly, who uses a Star Trek-style simulation he created to take out his work-related frustrations. Using his co-workers' DNA to create sentient digital clones of them within the game, Daly adopts the role of captain and bosses them around, and mistreats them if they get out of line.
As for the untitled Cassian Andor show, it's said to focus predominantly on the insurgence of the Rebel Alliance.
Genevieve O'Reilly and Alan Tudyk are expected to reprise their roles as Mon Mothma and Andor's android pal K-2SO, respectively.
The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the entire Skywalker Saga are available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K now, as well as on Disney+, while Rise of Skywalker is also on Sky Cinema Premiere and NOW TV.
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