‘Cassian Andor’: Tony Gilroy Re-Recruited By Lucasfilm For New ‘Star Wars’ Series As Writer & Director

The Playlist | 10/15/2019 | Rodrigo Perez
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While “Solo: A Star Wars Story” gains all the notoriety since it fired its directors, and ‘Rise Of Skywalker,’ which parted ways with its filmmaker under reportedly similarly contentious circumstances, Lucasfilm’s first troubled “Star Wars” movie was “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Directed by Gareth Edwards, while Lucasfilm did a great job of mitigating the drama publicly, the reality was they brought on another filmmaker to essentially take over the project midway, to rewrite half the film and direct it as well: Oscar-nominated “Michael Clayton” writer/director Tony Gilroy, also responsible for writing the key films in the ‘Bourne’ franchise.

Gilroy’s been extremely candid with the trouble Lucasfilm was in with “Rogue One” (“a terrible troubled mess”), but the company apparently liked what the filmmaker had to offer. Despite admitting he’s not at all a “Star Wars” guy, Gilroy has been re-recruited into the Lucasfilm fold to write the currency untitled Cassian Andor series for Disney+—a prequel spin-off of the ‘Rogue One’ movie he helped fix before it reached the screen.

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