Discover the darker side of the Rebel Alliance as we take a look at everything we know about Andor, the Star Wars prequel series coming soon to Disney+.
Rebel Agent Cassian Andor returns to screens later this summer with the premiere of the new Star Wars TV show, simply dubbed “Andor”, with the promise of filling in some of the missing years of the Star Wars saga and showing what happened in the run – down to the Rebels who stole the Death Star blueprints. You can see where Rogue One fits into the Star Wars timeline in our guide to watching the Star Wars movies in order.
Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ahead!
Things ended quite grimly for Cassian Andor (played by actor Diego Luna) at the end of Rogue One, as he was killed alongside Jyn Erso when the Death Star fired at the planet Scarif. His new series rewinds five years; when we meet him, Andor is a causeless thief, a refugee from his home planet invaded and conquered by the Empire. Survival is his goal, and striking a blow against the Empire is the furthest thing from his mind.
With The Mandalorian season 3, Boba Fett’s Book and Obi Wan Kenobi All featuring fan favorites and franchise mainstays, Star Wars: Andor is perhaps the show Star Wars fans know the least about. There is a intriguing trailerwhich begins with a tribe of children watching a burning ship plummet from the sky, then shows flashbacks to the Clone Wars, followed by plenty of action and suspense.
Beyond what we’ve seen in the trailer, plot details have been sparse. So let’s round up everything we know, in preparation for the long-awaited premiere of Star Wars: Andor.
Star Wars: Andor release date
Andor will debut on Disney+ August 31 (opens in a new tab) with a double episode, and will continue weekly thereafter for a first season of 12 episodes. A second season, conclusive, has already confirmed (opens in a new tab) and will go into production in November 2022.
Andor has been in the making for a long time. It was originally announced by Disney and Lucasfilm in 2018, with Stephen Schiff as showrunner. The show went through some revisions, with Schiff being replaced by Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote the script for Rogue One, and the show finally went into production in November 2020 at Pinewood Studios in the UK, after being delayed. by the global pandemic. There were several location shoots, including at an oil refinery in Essex, a dam at Oban in Scotland, and quarries in Derbyshire and Dorset. Principal photography was concluded in September 2021.
The score for the soundtrack is composed by Nicholas Britell and is described as “orchestral-plus (opens in a new tab)”.
What is the plot of Andor?
Gilroy spoke at length to Empire Review (opens in a new tab) on Andor’s two-season structure, with the first season chronicling a year in Star Wars history, and the 12-episode second season will tell the story of what happened to Cassian Andor and the Rebels over the course of four subsequent years, with each year taking a block of 3 episodes in Season 2.
At the start of the show, Andor is a cynic, but as he is drawn into a deeper story that culminates in the rise of the rebellion, he becomes a revolutionary and the go-to agent for the rebels when there is a dirty work to do. As we saw in Rogue One, he killed an informant in cold blood rather than be captured and expose the rebels. As such, he becomes a James Bond-esque agent, but without the suave one. Indeed, Star Wars: Andor has been described as a spy thriller, while Diego Luna himself said that Star Wars: Andor is the story of a migrant trying to find his place, something very relevant. for the real world.
We know that at the end of Season 2 the story will ultimately lead Andor to his fateful meeting with Jyn Erso and his death, but little is known about what happens before that.
Which characters are returning?
Mexican actor Diego Luna returns in the title role, after playing Cassian Andor in Rogue One. Geneviève O’Reilly joins him, playing the role of senator and secret rebel leader Mon Mothma. O’Reilly previously played Mon Mothma (who was first seen in Return of the Jedi, where the character was played by Caroline Blakiston) in Rogue One, and also voiced the character in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. , but Andor’s trailer promises O’Reilly a much meatier role this time around, as we see her secretly conspiring against the Empire and darkly intoning, “They’re everywhere. They are looking at me now.
Stellan Skarsgard (Pirates of the Caribbean, Avengers, Dune) plays a character called Luthen, who in the trailer comes across as possibly a rebel leader and possible associate of Andor.
Like Luna and O’Reilly, Forest Whitaker is also returning from Rogue One playing his character Saw Gerrera, and he’ll have at least one scene with Luthen, according to Skarsgård.
Other actors taking part include Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller and veteran Irish actress Fiona Shaw, who we see at the end of the trailer telling someone off camera “that’s the sound of it.” ‘a judgement”.
In the trailer, we also see actor Anton Lesser (Qyburn from Game of Thrones) playing a high-ranking Imperial officer in a white uniform.
Lucasfilm has revealed a new droid (opens in a new tab), B2EMO (Bee-Two, or just Bee, for short), which is described as an “old and tired Groundmech Rescue Support Unit”. Bee-Two’s body is scarred and battered, and we briefly see the droid in the trailer walking through what looks like a devastated town or base. We can expect a lot of cantankerous fun from Bee-Two.
Speaking of droids, Andor’s Rogue One partner K-2SO won’t be returning in the first season, but the former enforcer droid’s voice actor Alan Tudyk says talks have been had. place about his presence in the Second Season.
Another character who may return at some point in the series, although we haven’t had confirmation yet, is Alderaan Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) – a rebel leader alongside Mon Mothma and the relative foster of Princess Leia. After playing the character in both Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, Smits returned to play Bail Organa in Obi-Wan Kenobi, so it’s entirely possible he’ll show up in Andor at some point as well – may to be with two very familiar droids in tow?
Funnily enough, Andor takes place at the same time as the animated series Star Wars: Rebels in the Star Wars timeline. Could we be seeing live-action versions of characters like Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren? Another Rebels character who could also appear is Ashoka (Rosario Dawson), who has already made appearances in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett and will have his own. next star wars tv show in 2023. We will have to wait and see!
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