Rogue One Prequel Series Adds Stephen Schiff as Showrunner

Stephen Schiff, executive producer of FX’s The Americans, has been tapped as showrunner for the upcoming Disney+ Rogue One prequel series.

Not much of the series is currently known outside of the facts that it will be set before the events of the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and feature Diego Luna reprising his role from that film as Cassian Andor.

There is currently another series, The Mandalorian, being run by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. That series will be set after the events of Return of the Jedi.

For me, as someone who hasn’t seen The Americans, this news is still quite a good sign. Though I have no experience with the show, I have only heard amazing things coming from the hit FX series which recently wrapped its run.

As far as a Cassian Andor led series, I’m all for it. I found Rogue One to be quite enjoyable, but I can understand the criticism that its lead characters did not get as much development as would be desired. That’s why I like the idea of giving more time. I found Cassian to be an enjoyable character especially when I think about how he is introduced to us in the film. He’s been on some seriously hard times. I could see a series really fleshing that out nicely.

I’m hoping that showrunner Schiff can really bring out some political intrigue in the new series, and this move makes me more excited for the series.

So what do you think? Are you excited for a new Cassian Andor-led Star Wars series with Stephen Schiff as showrunner? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

For more Almighty Goatman,

All the Way (2016)

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Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Frank Langella, Stephen Root

Screenplay: Robert Schenkkan

132 mins. Rated TV-14.

 

In the newest film from HBO, Bryan Cranston (TV’s Breaking Bad, Get a Job) takes his award-winning performance from the stage to the screen. But does the play become a movie? Let’s find out.

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All the Way, from director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Trumbo), covers the role that Lyndon B. Johnson (Cranston) played as President after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Events from Johnson’s work with Martin Luther King Jr (Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker, Captain America: Civil War) are shown as well as Johnson’s bid for reelection during the following campaign.

All the Way has so many great performances. In fact, it’s what holds the entire film together. Led by the powerhouse work from Bryan Cranston and the incredible makeup work done to bring the President to life is stunning. He is nearly matched by Melissa Leo (TV’s Wayward Pines, The Fighter) as Lady Bird Johnson. I also liked Frank Langella (TV’s The Americans, Frost/Nixon) as Senator Richard Russell and Stephen Root (TV’s King of the Hill, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) as J. Edgar Hoover.

For flaws, All the Way suffers one of the most common issues of translating a play to the screen. It loses a lot of momentum as it moves. Jay Roach, an extremely capable director, struggles to keep the pacing up and moving throughout, and it shows near the final act of the film.

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Overall, All the Way is a perfect showcase for its cast (I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention Bradley Whitford’s work as well), but it just can’t stand on its own legs as a true film. Not enough was done to properly adapt the work as Robert Schenkkan (TV’s The Andromeda Strain, The Quiet American) adapted his own work. Thankfully, the performances keep the film strong and evocative for most of the film. Still worthy of viewing? Most definite.

 

3.5/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

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