Disney debuted a new official trailer for the highly anticipated Andor. The series will explore the origin story of Diego Luna’s eponymous hero first introduced in the standalone film Rogue One in the context of the larger formation of the rebellion.
The new trailer also brought a few announcements including a delayed release date of September 21 when the first three episodes will air at once. With more room to build excitement, there is also time to explore the team behind the scenes of the latest Star Wars series to hit Disney+.
Rogue One screenwriter Tony Gilroy has returned to helm the series as showrunner, expanding the pool of talent beyond the crew that has previously worked on Favreau/Filoni series. With weeks to go before the premiere, there are still limited details, but we’ve gathered all the information publicly available for a look at the directors of Andor.
Benjamin Caron is new to the world of Star Wars but has extensive experience working in television. After initially getting his start working with English magician Derren Brown, Caron went on to direrct episodes of the iconic series Skins and Sherlock. Most recently, Caron worked on The Crown as an executive producer and director.
Andor is a unique Star Wars series that will see co-directors for nearly every episode. Caron is listed as a director for every episode of Andor’s first season, helming three episodes on his own. The director is also in post-production on his debut feature, Sharper, a con movie starring Sebastian Stan and Julianne Moore.
With his versatile background in genre and diverse television experience, Caron is sure to bring a fresh eye to Star Wars and Cassian Andor’s story.
Another fresh face for the Star Wars canon, Toby Haynes has an impressive history in television, directing for more than fifteen series in less than twenty years. Haynes has helmed episodes of classic series such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Black Mirror, Utopia, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the latter two which he also executive produced.
There is some conflicting information about the extent of Haynes’s involvement in the series with Rotten Tomatoes reporting him working on the first three episodes, and IMDB reporting the pilot alone. Regardless, Haynes’ mastery of the speculative television genre makes him a strong and exciting choice for the series.
Susanna White is an accomplished and award-winning director with a varied filmography that speaks to her expertise in drama, action, and emotional storytelling.
With credits on groundbreaking, prestige dramas like Generation Kill, Masters of Sex, and The Deuce as well as blockbuster features like Nanny McPhee Returns, White has the breadth of experience to tell stories in the Star Wars universe with skill and expertise.
While details are still murky, White is listed as a co-director alongside Haynes and Caron on the pilot, and alongside Caron on all but three episodes, proving she will likely have a strong influence over the shape of the series.
Andor will stream exclusively on Disney+ on September 21.