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Everything We Know About ANDOR, the ROGUE ONE Spinoff

Lucasfilm is bringing a plethora of series to Disney+, Disney’s streaming service. They started with The Mandalorian in 2019, and they announced a few more shows during The Walt Disney Company Investor Presentation on December 10, 2020. They also brought details about previously revealed series, including the Rogue One spinoff centered on Cassian Andor. This is everything we know about Andor.

Behind the Scenes
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Andor began filming in London in November 2020. Tony Gilroy created the series, which will run for 12 episodes. It’s unclear if this is intended to be a limited series or if it has the potential to continue beyond a single season.

Setting and Story

StarWars.com calls Andor “a tense nail-biting thriller.” And a recent article by Vanity Fair reveals more about the show. It offers that this is “a series that [will] explore Andor’s backstory, revealing what drew him into the galactic Rebellion and how he evolved from a self-serving nihilist into a selfless martyr.” 

Additionally, the article notes, “Luna describes Andor as a refugee story, with desperate people fleeing the Empire at the full force of its power.” Luna offers, “It’s the journey of a migrant…That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong. That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and what you are willing to do.”

Gilroy also shares more in-depth insights into the Andor series and Cassian’s character:

 This guy gave his life for the galaxy, right? I mean, he consciously, soberly, without vanity or recognition, sacrificed himself. Who does that? That’s what this first season is about. It’s about him being really revolution-averse, and cynical, and lost, and kind of a mess… His adopted home will become the base of our whole first season, and we watch that place become radicalized. Then we see another planet that’s completely taken apart in a colonial kind of way. The Empire is expanding rapidly. They’re wiping out anybody who’s in their way.

Finally, Vanity Fair adds about Cassian, “The story begins with the destruction of Andor’s birth world, then follows him into adulthood, when he realizes he can’t run forever…By journey’s end, Andor’s path will be to block theirs.”

But Cassian isn’t the series’ only focus. The Vanity Fair article shares:

The show also focuses on the enigmatic Rebel leader Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly, who portrayed her as a young senator in Revenge of the Sith, then reprised the role in Rogue One. Mothma (then played by Caroline Blakiston) was the priestess-like figure in 1983’s Return of the Jedi who outlines weaknesses in the new Death Star, gravely intoning, “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” In Andor, her story will run parallel to the title character, whom we know will eventually become one of her key agents. “It is a huge, orchestral, Dickensian ensemble cast,” says Gilroy.

Lucasfilm is treating Andor as a feature film. With concept art, prop-building, and a full creature team, it does look like they’re going all in. It’s something I’ve enjoyed about The Mandalorian. They do have a smaller budget, but much of the time, it isn’t glaringly obvious. Especially with the help of the Volume for filming. It seems like Andor may involve more practical sets, and I’m already getting big Rebellion vibes from what they revealed in the sizzle.

Cassian Andor

The cast for the series includes Genevieve O’Reilly, who will reprise her role as Mon Mothma (Rogue One). Co-stars Stellan Skarsgard, Denise Gough, and Kyle Soller will be part of the story. And obviously we have Diego Luna as Cassian. Though in the above behind-the-scenes peek video, they mention there are 200 main cast members. Which is just a few.

Release Date

On Disney’s investor call in November 2021, it was revealed Andor would not premiere on Disney+ until some time between July and September 2022. In accordance with this, in the recent Vanity Fair article, it was noted the series would release “late this summer,” meaning summer 2022. 

Originally published on December 10, 2020. Updated November 10, 2021.

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