Cassian Andor solo Star Wars series lands showrunner with background in espionage

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Nov 30, 2018, 8:35 PM EST

The upcoming Star Wars series about Diego Luna's Rogue One character Cassian Andor has found its showrunner. 

Stephen Schiff, best known as a producer for FX's The Americans, will helm the new Star Wars series for Disney+, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His work on the '80s-set spy drama helped it earn two Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series, first in 2016 and then again in 2018. 

The as-yet-untitled series will follow Cassian Andor through the early days of the Rebellion, prior to the events of Rogue One — for obvious reasons. Given Cassian's background in espionage, and Schiff's prowess in portraying complex, morally grey characters, this seems like an ideal pairing.  

It's worth noting that Solo: A Star Wars Story already covered some ground regarding the dawn of the Rebellion, and since it's unlikely to get a sequel, it'll be interesting to see if Cassian ends up crossing paths with Enfys Nest or any of the Cloud-Riders along the way. 

Speaking of new Star Wars shows, it was just announced earlier today that Nick Nolte will be joining Jon Favreau's companion series, The Mandalorian. The actor, who once auditioned for Han Solo back in the mid-'70s, will be joining previously announced stars Pedro Pascal and Gina Carino. The series, which has rounded up an impressive roster of directors, will take place after The Empire Strikes Back, but before The Force Awakens

Are you excited about delving deeper into the character of Rebel spy Cassian Andor? Let us know in the comments.