September 22, 2023
Tony Gilroy Appoints Three Directors To Lead Star Wars: Andor Season 2

Much in the same vein as its first season, Star Wars: Andor season 2 will follow the same directorial block formula says, Tony Gilroy!

Although we are still three weeks away from the Star Wars: Andor season finale, series creator Tony Gilroy is already hard at work crafting season 2. And although plot details about the second season remain a closely guarded secret; Ariel Kleiman, Janus Metz, and Alonso Ruizpalacios will be following in the footsteps of Toby Haynes, Susanna White, and Benjamin Caron in directing the four arcs of three episodes. The exception is that Kleiman, like Toby Haynes before them, will direct a whopping SIX episodes. That’s half of the season. Quite the undertaking!

Star Wars: Andor (Episode 1×09 Nobody's Watching)
(L-R): Ulaf (Christopher Fairbank), Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Xaul (Josef Davies) and Taga (Tom Reed) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Speaking with Collider, Gilroy confirmed that the trio will adopt the same strategy as their predecessors by helming blocks of the season. A mandate that broke with Star Wars traditions and resulted in a mixed reception from fans and critics alike. But with three episodes left in its debut season, opinions can change very quickly.


Andor broke from Star Wars tradition with its freshman season, opting to bring in only three directors and tasking them to direct blocks of episodes that tied into the narrative arcs being explored. Gilroy confirmed that this structure would return in Season 2, with Kleiman stepping into the same pattern as Toby Haynes by directing six episodes split into two blocks.

Since 2017, Kleiman has really solidified himself as a television director, with his most recent work being seen on Yellowjackets and The Resort. Danish filmmaker Metz has directed for a handful of television series, but his most notable work was this year’s spy thriller All the Old Knives which starred Chris Pine and Star Wars alum Thandiwe Newton. Fans of Andor star Diego Luna’s work in Narcos: Mexico may recognize Ruizpalacios’ name. The Mexican filmmaker directed a pair of episodes on the Netflix series back in 2018, before returning to television to direct episodes on Outer Range.

(L-R): Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a shoretrooper in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Whether or not the block pattern formula will prove to be successful remains to be seen. But with the next episode taking the series to new heights (trust me), the series has every chance of forging its own path and crafting a bold new direction for the franchise. Whether fans are ready for it, on the other hand, is another thing entirely.

In the meantime, Star Wars: Andor is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus NOW!

Are you a fan of the directorial block formula? Or are you a traditionalist ready to revert to type? Sound off below and have your say.

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