Deadline reports Lucasfilm has enlisted Stephen Schiff, the executive producer behind the critically acclaimed FX series The Americans as showrunner for the upcoming Star Wars television series featuring Diego Luna reprising his role as Cassian Andor.
The new series follows the Rebel spy working as an intelligence operative during the formative years of the Rebel Alliance before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which featured the death of Luna’s character. According to the trade, the series’ writers have been hired as Lucasfilm is preparing to assemble the writers’ room. Production on the project is set to begin next year following Luna finishing work on the second season of Narcos: Mexico.
The Cassian Andor series is one of two live-action Star Wars series in the works, the first being Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian which stars Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. Nick Nolte was revealed to have boarded the series earlier today. Favreau has written the series and serves as executive producer with Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist serves as co-executive producer.
Production on The Mandalorian is currently underway in southern California. Filoni is directing the first episode of the series with additional episodes will be helmed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian does not have an official release date, however, the series is expected to debut with Disney’s streaming service is expected to launch by the end of 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.