As the Star Wars universe continues to expand through movies and television shows, more and more high-profile directors are getting a chance to tell a Star Wars story. Both seasons of The Mandalorian have had several big names directing an episode, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez.
It looks like that trend will continue in the upcoming Andor series as two names have been announced to direct episodes. According to Discussing Film, Ben Caron and Susanna White have both been announced as episode directors of the series.
Both directors grew up in England, and have worked primarily in British television before now. It makes sense that they are among the names who have been tapped to work on Andor, as the series has been filming in London since November of last year.
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Ben Caron has already had extensive work in television, most notably directing eleven episodes of the hit Netflix series The Crown, though he’s also had work on other high profile British series such as Skins and Sherlock.
Susanna White is perhaps best known for directing the feature film Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (titled Nanny McPhee Returns in the United States). But White has had plenty of experience in television as well, directing episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, and Billions, among other television shows.
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The pair will join Toby Haynes, who has already been announced as a director for the series. Haynes has been confirmed to be directing the first three episodes of the series, though it’s not yet been announced which episodes will be directed by Carron or White.
At one point during production, the showrunner for the series, Tony Gilroy, was expected to direct some of the episodes, just as Jon Favreau, the showrunner of The Mandalorian did. However, he was forced to bow out due to COVID-19 causing delays in the shooting schedule for the series.
Gilroy is still credited with being the creator of the series along with being credited as a writer for the show and one of the executive producers.
Gilroy also co-wrote the Star Wars film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where the character of Cassian Andor first appeared. The show is expected to take place five years before the events of the film, with Diego Luna reprising the role that he originated in the film. Genevieve O’Reilly, who portrayed the Rebel leader Mon Mothma in Rogue One is expected to reprise the role as well.
Additional cast members have been announced including Fiona Shaw, Stellan Skarsgard (who interestingly has already been directed by Susanna White in the film Our Kind of Traitor) and Kyle Soller, though the roles they are going to play are still unknown.
A total of 12 episodes are expected, and the series is expected to premiere on Disney+ sometime next year, along with the Obi-Wan series also in development.