Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes to Direct New “Rogue One” Prequel Series

Felicity Jones and Diego Luna in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Photo by Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd/Kobal/Shutterstock (7728249e)

A new series that prequels the events of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is about to start production but as with a lot of things, the COVID-19 pandemic brings about some changes. This time the pandemic did not delay production but rather caused a big change in the crew.

Deadline reports that the show’s intended director Tony Gilroy will not sit in the chair. The show will be helmed by Black Mirror director Toby Haynes. According to some sources, the change is due to travel issues for Gilroy who lives in New York while the production takes place in the UK.

Diego Luna is set to return to his character of Cassian Andor from Rogue One. Also to star in the series are Alan Tudyk, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kyle Soller.

Haynes will direct the first three episodes of the series and sources say he will probably direct future episodes as well. Apart from Black Mirror, Haynes directed episodes in shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Being Human, Wallander, and more. Gilroy will remain the show’s showrunner, executive producer, and writer.

The show will follow the beginning of the rebellion against the Empire and it is described as a spy thriller. It will be streamed on Disney +.