With the news that Genevieve O’Reilly will reprise her role as Senator Mon Mothma for the Disney+ Cassian Andor prequel (and also sequel?) series, marking the fourth time the actress has donned the Rebel Alliance leader robes, also comes the exact placement of the series in the official Star Wars timeline.
StarWars.com — while announcing the casting of O’Reilly, Denise Gough (The Kid Who Would Be King), Kyle Soller (Marrowbone), and the MCU’s Stellan Skarsgard — noted that the series “takes place five years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
So that’s five years before the suicide mission to steal the Death Star plans in Rogue One and the subsequent Battle of Yavin in Episode I. Diego Luna will be reprising his role as Cassian Andor alongside fellow Rogue One’r Alan Tudyk, who will once again voice the deadpan droid K2-SO.
Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One (and also wrote and and directed reshoots), will write, direct and serve as showrunner for the series, having recently replaced Stephen Schiff. VFX supervisor Neal Scanlan has also hinted the series might re-purpose unused characters/creatures from past Star Wars projects.
In more Star Wars TV news, The Mandalorian Season 2 has reportedly cast Rosario Dawson as fan-favourite character Ahsoka Tano. Meanwhile, Disney has hired Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland to helm a new show Deadline describes as “a female-centric series that takes place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects.”
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