Kessel Run Radio, the same source who broke the news about Donald Glover reprising his role as Lando Calrissian in a new Star Wars series for Disney+, is now reporting that Grand Moff Tarkin will have a role in the upcoming Cassian Andor series for the streaming service. Their sources were not told if it’ll be the same Guy Henry/CG performance from Rogue One, only that the character will be in the show in some capacity.
Tarkin was originally played by the late Peter Cushing in Star Wars: A New Hope. He was brought back for Rogue One, with Guy Henry playing the character, and some help of CGI technology. Tarkin has also made appearances in the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels.
The Rogue One prequel will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Andor. Also, set to appear in the series, returning from their Rogue One roles are Alan Tudyk as Andor’s droid companion K-2SO, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, Alistair Petrie as General Draven, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, with newcomers Stellan Skarsgard, Denise Gough, and Kyle Soller, all in unknown roles.
Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote Rogue One, will serve as the series’ new showrunner and will also direct the first episode.
The Cassian Andor series follows the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion 5 years prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.
The prequel series was supposed to begin shooting last month, but that has been delayed to early 2021 due to the global health crisis. It has been reported that about 6 weeks of pre-production work has already been completed before the shutdown. Disney+ has not confirmed the show’s premiere date. Reports suggest it will debut on the streaming service in 2021, but it’s possible that could be delayed.