When will the Rogue One prequel series air?
Right now it’s hard to pin down an exact date of when the Rogue One spin-off will air, seeing as production and filming has all come to a halt across all upcoming Disney Plus series. The knock on effects of this mean that shows due earlier (such as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) will likely air later, which will consequently move other shows back further.
We can probably say with confidence that it won’t be here this year. Filming allegedly started in February, prior to the lockdowns over the pandemic. With all the other delays to shows, we think we won't see this show air until 2022 - at best it will be late 2021 at the very earliest.
What is the plot, and who are the cast and crew?
The new show will be a spy thriller based around Diego Luna's character, Cassian Andor, and will be set five years prior to Rogue One in the early days of the battle between the Empire and Rebellion.
Fans of the movie will be pleased to hear that Alan Tudyk is returning as the sassy Imperial droid, K2SO. In addition, Genevieve O’Reilly will be reprising her role as Mon Mothma, a leader within the Rebellion.
Joining them will be Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller and Denise Gough according to Variety. We don't know who the characters will be as negotiations are still being finalised - but we'll update this article when we know more. The latest addition to the cast is Good Omens actress Adria Arjona, as reported by Deadline.
In terms of behind the camera, Tony Gilroy (who previously worked on Rogue One) shall serve as the showrunner and director. On the writing team, we'll have Tony's brother Dan (known for Nightcrawler), Stephen Schiff (know for The Americans) and Beau Willimon (known for House of Cards).
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Luna expressed his excitement for a prequel story. “You know the ending, but you don't know how it happened, and we have that challenge in front of us again”.
Deadline has also reported that due to pandemic-related travel issues, Gilroy won't be directed the first three episodes. Instead, Toby Haynes will take over the duties in his absence. Haynes has previously worked on Black Mirror, Sherlock and Doctor Who.
As the first episodes are being filmed in the UK, it made sense for Haynes to take over for now. Gilroy will still be actively involved behind the scenes.