Over the last year the Star Wars franchise has drawn more and more parallels to that of Game of Thrones. One of the first comparisons came by way of Jon Favreau’s budget for the upcoming Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. The show will be the first ever, live-action Star Wars series in the franchise’s history. Favreau earned himself a $100 million dollar bank account for the show, similar to GoT numbers for its sixth season. Likewise, GoT showrunners Benioff & Weiss will produce the next Star Wars trilogy. Now we have a Game of Thrones designer joining the production of the Rogue One prequel series focused on Cassian Andor.

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Director Gareth Edwards and Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) on the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
(Image: Jonathan Olley for Lucasfilm Ltd.)

For its second, live-action Star Wars series, Disney+ has ordered a spy thriller series centered on Rebel spy Cassian Andor. (Yes, Alan Tudyk will return as K-2SO, as well.) We assume this will be as gritty as the film on which it’s based, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Because of that, the show’s aesthetics will be incredibly important. That’s why Disney and Lucasfilm have hired Game of Thrones concept artist Kieran Belshaw for the Rogue One prequel series.

Kieran Belshaw joins production of Rogue One prequel series

In what seems to be a now-deleted Instagram post, Belshaw not-so-subtly hinted that he’d begun design work for the upcoming Rogue One prequel series. You can see the post below, courtesy of starwarsnewsnet:

Rogue One Prequel Series
Image: Kieran Belshaw/Instagram

Game of Thrones, like Star Wars, relies heavily on its conceptual art design for inspiration. If you’ve been a Star Wars fan for any period of time, the name Ralph McQuarrie should be more than familiar. It’s not a stretch to say that without McQuarrie there would be no Star Wars.

Kieran Belshaw; Rogue One prequel series
An example of Belshaw’s work on Game of Thrones. (Image: Kieran Belshaw)

When it comes to the later seasons of Game of Thrones, Kieran Belshaw had begun to earn a similar reputation. His joining the Rogue One prequel series team is a huge win for Disney+ and Lucasfilm. You can see more of Belshaw’s work HERE.

The Rogue One prequel series “will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”  From what we know, the show will begin production this October.

Source: starwarsnewsnet