VFX supervisor Neal Scanlan has hinted that some characters who were cut from the Star Wars film franchise might be revived for the Disney+ Cassian Andor series. In an interview with MovieWeb, Scanlan, who started working as a creature creator on the Skywalker saga after the Lucasfilm-Disney acquisition, suggested that Cassian and K2-SO could potentially be joined by previously crafted characters from the Star Wars universe in the upcoming Rogue One prequel series.
“What is fun about this is, in many ways, I don’t think it feels different than working on a movie. It certainly doesn’t feel like we are making any compromises. It’s the same creative conditions in every department to do what we can do,” he explained about the production.
“We also have this backlog of characters. A lot of the characters that we built for all of the films either didn’t make it to the final cut, because that’s just the way that the film process happens, or that they are seen so momentarily that there is this wonderful second opportunity to bring back some of the characters that we’ve made and bring them to this new storyline in a more, shall we say, integrated way.”
He added, “I think it’s going to be tremendous. I find that it’s a second opportunity for everything that we’ve made, plus the opportunity of moving TV along, in a sense, at what will not at all be diminished as far as the level of quality, the level of things that we are going to try and achieve.”
While Scanlan didn’t divulge details about which characters might appear in the script of the new series, he previously shared his desire to repurpose characters that had not been given significant screentime. In particular, he said he would like to see The Eye of Webbish Bog, cut from The Rise of Skywalker, introduced in a future adventure in the galaxy far, far away.
More details about the production are expected to be unveiled in the coming months, as Diego Luna, who is reprising his role as Cassian Andor for the Disney+ series alongside Alan Tudyk‘s deadpan droid K2-SO, previously confirmed that the untitled Star Wars: Rogue One prequel series will begin filming this year.
Elsewhere in the Star Wars TV universe, The Mandalorian Season 2 recently cast Rosario Dawson as fan-favourite character Ahsoka Tano, Episode 5 of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered with Ahsoka Tano back in action, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series production was pushed back until 2021, though the series is on target for its original release.