Andor is the highly anticipated Rogue One prequel series that will premiere on Disney+ shortly, featuring Diego Luna as Rebel spy Cassian Andor and no doubt exploring a darker side of the Star Wars world.
It’s no surprise that additional live-action Star Wars series are in the works after the massive success of The Mandalorian as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor is the one that’s been in the works the longest. Everything that you need to understand is right here.
What will you see here?
When is the Andor release date?
Andor series will be available on Disney+ on August 31st, according to Disney. When it comes out, it will have twelve episodes that will run weekly, exactly like The Mandalorian.
The programme will also get a second and final season, which will supposedly lead straight into the beginning of the Rogue One film. “It’s a second season, but it’s really the second half of the book for me,” showrunner Tony Gilroy explained to Vanity Fair. “The first 12 episodes are of him becoming a revolutionary, or the second 12 episodes are about him joining Rogue One.”
What is the location for Andor?
The sight and feel of the galaxy will be recognisable because the series takes set five years before both Rogue One and the original Star Wars. It’s a dirty, steamy moment across the stars, whilst the Empire constructs immaculate strongholds and industries. And that aesthetic has been faithfully reproduced in the images and trailers published thus far by Lucasfilm and Disney.
It is also a period when the Rebellion is in the thoughts of more people than only Mon Mothma. Other characters are attempting to form a powerful opposition against the Empire thanks to animated programmes and at least one video game. To further triangulate other events, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) departed Tatooine only five years previously. While the Bad Batch escaped the destruction of the Kamino clone facility four years before that. The premise is that Cassian might easily cross paths with Wrecker, Hera Syndulla, “Fulcrum,” or other figures roaming the galaxy right well before the Battle of Yavin.
Which are the cast & crew members?
As you may have predicted, Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor. Genevieve O’Reilly, reprising their role as Mon Mothma, the Rebellion leader, will be joining him. According to Variety, Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller, and Denise Gough will join them. According to Deadline, Good Omens actress Adria Arjona has joined the cast.
More rumours about who could be joining the cast have surfaced. Stellan Skarsgard said in a radio interview how he worked with Forest Whitaker, whose plays Saw Gerrera. Furthermore, The Direct says that villain Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) will return.
Alan Tudyk will also reprise his role as the Imperial droid K2SO, though Luna has also hinted that there would be more ‘known faces,’ implying that to see more Rogue One graduates.
Tony Gilroy will serve as the showrunner & director behind the camera. Tony’s brother Dan, Stephen Schiff (known for The Americans), and Beau Willimon are on the writing team. According to Deadline, Gilroy did not direct the very first three episodes because of pandemic-related travel concerns. In his absence, Toby Haynes took up the tasks. Haynes’ prior credits include Black Mirror, Sherlock, and Doctor Who.
Who are the Minders of Andor?
Gilroy (shown above left with Luna) joins the tale in the second chapter, much like Rogue One. The series was created by Jared Bush, with Stephen Schiff from The Americans serving as showrunner. The rigours of development eventually disrupted those intentions, so Gilroy was invited to take over as CEO. Schiff is also still on board as an episode writer, along with Gilroy’s brother, Dan Gilroy, and House of Cards’ Beau Willimon.
Although the Star Wars world lends itself more to binary conceptions of darkness, Gilroy has hinted that some ambiguity would be included in the series. Although Gilroy had planned to direct the first three episodes, the Covid-19 epidemic changed his plans. Also, Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes took over. Kennedy, Gilroy, Luna, and Sanne Wohlenberg serve as executive producers. Wohlenberg told us at Celebration that the events of the series will automatically draw “parallels to actual life, to the real world.”
What is Andor going to be about?
The “Andor” series, according to Disney, would “explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focused on Cassian Andor’s journey to find the impact he can make.” The series tells the story of the Empire’s budding revolt and also how people and worlds became engaged.
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is the standout character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. His commitment to the Alliance’s purpose to end Imperial oppression prompts him not only to join up for Jyn Erso’s plot to invade Scarif and steal the Death Star designs but also to risk his life to guarantee the data get off-planet or into the hands of Rebels. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy mentioned his bravery when introducing the cast and producers of the next series at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022.