If there was any doubt when the Disney+ Cassian Andor series will be set, it has been put to rest.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Genevieve O’Reilly and Denise Gough have joined the case of the unnamed series focusing on Diego Luna‘s character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. O’Reilly will be familiar to Star Wars fans as the face of Mon Mothma since Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. Her uncanny resemblance to Caroline Blakiston, who played the character in Return of the Jedi, made her natural fit, but her scenes were cut from the finished film. Fans later saw a key scene in which she openly discusses forming an alliance against Emperor Sheev Palpatine on the movie’s home video release. She later reprised the role in Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels.
Bringing her onto the series suggest it will not take place too long before the events of Rogue One.
Gough’s character is, of course, unknown as Disney and Lucasfilm tend to keep those sorts of details secret. She joins Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Stoller as other members of the cast playing undisclosed parts. Besides Luna and O’Reilly, Alan Tudyk also returns as Rogue One droid K-2SO. And, of course, one hopes there will be room for Jimmy Smits to make an appearance or two as Alderaanian senator Bail Organa.
In a creative change, uncredited Rogue One writer/director Tony Gilroy has taken over as showrunner from The Americans‘ Stephen Schiff; a seeming echo of Gilroy’s involvement in Rogue One itself. Schiff remains part of the writing team, which includes Gilroy, his brother Dan Gilroy and House of Cards executive producer Beau Willimon. Gilroy will also direct the pilot.
It is still unclear when the series will move into production, but it appears the plan is to have everything in place so they can begin filming as soon as it is safe to do so. The series also has a very loose 2021 release penciled in.