Disney+ has brought on an The Americans producer to showrun its forthcoming Cassian Andor series.
Stephen Schiff, who is coming off the critically acclaimed The Americans, is set to serve as showrunner on the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series starring Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. As previously reported, the television series will revolve around Cassian's time as a spy during the early years of the Rebellion.
Along with working on The Americans, which earned Schiff two Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series, he has also penned American Assassin, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and True Crime.
While very little is known regarding the series thus far, Disney's description for the show promises to "explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire." Earlier this month, Luna commented on the project, explaining that he knew as much as the public, explaining that he'd only read the press release a day before it was released to the press.
Still, the actor expressed his excitement over the chance to return to the beloved world of Star Wars. "I’m thrilled, I’m happy; it’s a dream come true to go back to that universe," said Luna. "I grew up watching those films and now I’m sharing that with my kids, so I’m very happy."
Production on the Cassian Andor series will kick off in 2019.
The still untitled Cassian Andor series will mark the second Star Wars series being developed for Disney's streaming service, Disney+, following Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian. That series is currently in production and stars Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte and Gina Carano. While neither series has a premiere date, Disney+ is expected to launch in fall of 2019.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)