Disney+’s Cassian Andor brings back Genevieve O’Reilly, adds Denise Gough
The cast for the increasingly curious Disney+ Star Wars spin-off series focused on Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor has expanded with the additions of Genevieve O’Reilly to reprise her role as Mon Mothma from the prequel trilogy and anthology film and Denise Gough, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While character details for Gough’s role are currently being kept under wraps, O’Reilly is set to return to her role of Republic senator and co-founder and leader of the Rebel Alliance Mon Mothma after first appearing in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith in a non-speaking role and then a more prominent supporting turn in Rogue One. She was also voiced by O’Reilly in Star Wars Rebels and Kath Soucie in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Tony Gilroy, who directed the reshoots for Rogue One, reportedly rewrote the pilot episode for the series and will also direct several episodes. Stephen Schaffer (The Americans) was to serve as the series’ showrunner, but sources are now reporting that Schaffer has exited the role and Gilroy is now taking over the position.
The series will follow the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One. The spy thriller series will explore tales of espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. Joining Diego Luna is Rogue One standout Alan Tudyk will return to reprise his role as the former Imperial enforcer droid K-2SO, who was reprogrammed to help the Rebel Alliance.
In Rogue One, a group of unlikely heroes bands together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones in the film with Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, plus Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn. It remains to be seen if any of these characters will appear in the series.