Star Wars has become one of those franchises that just seems to be everywhere nowadays, from the Star Wars movies to the TV shows, to a whole new theme park over in Disney, Star Wars continues to capture our attention. And that is only going to continue once Andor premieres on Disney+.
While Disney+ has been home to a couple of big Star Wars hits so far, such as The Mandalorian or The Bad Batch, Andor will continue to add onto that and more as soon as it comes out. But will this new spinoff series cover? Whether you're looking for specific details on what the show will be or simply need a refresher on who this character is, here are some quick things that we know about the upcoming Disney+ show.
Andor Will Premiere On Disney+ In 2022
While Andor won’t be included amongst the fall 2021 TV schedule, we can confirm that it will come sometime in the next year. At least, that's Disney+'s plan for the time being.
Andor will be one of many things to come to the Star Wars universe, including the first season of The Book of Boba Fett premiering at the end of the year, and The Mandalorian Season 3 coming in 2022. Hopefully, Andor will come out sometime in between.
Andor Was Filming Earlier In 2021
We also don’t need to wait long and wonder if production is in limbo or not due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Daily Mail's report in March 2021, they released several drone pictures of the sets of Andor while filming was taking place in Buckinghamshire, England. While it’s unclear where else they might be filming the show, and if it will continue to film in England, it’s still a good sign to see that production is running smoothly, which means a premiere date might not be too far off, hopefully.
Diego Luna From Star Wars: Rogue One Will Return For Andor
For those who don’t know, Andor, otherwise known as Cassian Andor, was a Rebel captain and an intelligence officer in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which served as a prequel to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This series is going to go over his past prior to Rogue One, and how he became the badass captain that he was in the movie.
Diego Luna, who portrayed Cassian Andor in Rogue One, will be reprising his role in Andor, further expanding on his story, and who he is.
The Andor Cast Also Includes Stellan Skarsgard, Forest Whitaker And More
Besides Diego Luna returning to portray Cassian Andor, Andor has a star-studded cast list that is signing on for this Star Wars series. When announced back at the 2020 Disney Investor Day, a cast composed of Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma. So already out the gate, we have a great new cast to add to this story.
Later on, however, we’ve got news of some new cast members joining on as well. According to The Playlist, Academy-Award-winner Forest Whitaker is going to be appearing in Andor as well, reprising his role as Saw Gerrera from Rogue One. He was a veteran of the Clone Wars and a friend of the Erso family.
According to The Playlist's June 2021 report, this piece of news comes from an interview that Stellan Skarsgard did with Swedish media recently, where he revealed that he had shot a “juicy scene” opposite of Forest Whitaker, confirming rumors that Whitaker had been seen on set recently.
The Andor Story Will Be A Prequel And Have 12 Parts
As confirmed on the Disney Investor Day, Andor is going to be a prequel to Rogue One as talked about before, explaining the story of the resistance and how Cassian Andor came to be. The series will also have twelve parts for its first season, according to Deadline.
If Andor becomes popular enough, a Season 2 seems like a guarantee, though that all depends on plans for the show longterm. However, we’re just going to have to wait and see.
Cassian Andor’s Character Will Be Explored In Many Layers
With the show literally being named after Cassian Andor, we as the viewers are expecting to find out more about his past and who he is as a person, with Andor split up into parts. Diego Luna apparently likes the episode structure, where he talked about his character and the upcoming series in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
I think the format of a series is amazing because we have a lot of time to explore all those layers. What happens in Rogue One is something we can actually reflect on, and what’s behind something like [sacrificing an informant]. The way we’re shooting this reminds me of how we shot the film, and the amount of work behind this TV series reminds me of the work you do for a film. It feels like we’re doing a very long movie.
Now that sounds like a fun TV series. With some of the amazing shots and scenes that we have seen through The Mandalorian, the only other live-action Star Wars show on Disney+ right now, I’m eager to see Andor and how it will feel almost like a film.
And honestly, I’m super intrigued to learn more about Cassian in general. We all know what happened to him in Rogue One, but we might as well know about the before as well.
Alan Tudyk Will Not Be Returning As K-2SO For Andor
While we’ve already gotten confirmation that some cast members from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will return in Andor, it seems like Alan Tudyk will not be back to play the wise-cracking droid K-2SO for the upcoming Disney+ series.
In an interview with Collider, Alan Tudyk confirmed that he won’t be returning to the show.
They’re shooting it right now, I’m not in it.
No matter how unfortunate that is to hear – I mean, who didn’t love K-2SO? – there is still hope in the air. Alan Tudyk has expressed interest in returning to the character to Fandom, and if they choose to bring him back, he would do it so he could find out about the development of the relationship between Cassian Andor and the droid.
I want to see how all that went down. Cassian and K-2 started out as enemies, you know. K-2 was on the side of the Empire. So Cassian would have to catch K-2 and then reprogram him.
With Andor actively looking into the past of Cassian, who knows what we might explore – maybe a return of K-2SO might be imminent. I’m always down for a good enemies-to-friends story.
Watch The Sizzle Reel For Andor
If you want to feel even more excited for the upcoming Disney+ series, check out the sizzle real for Andor down below.
Just reading about all this makes me want to somehow have production on Andor move faster. I can’t wait to return to the Star Wars universe and see a good old Empire vs Resistance story – that will be led by the wonderful Cassian Andor. Now, if The Mandalorian Season 3 could also arrive around the same time too, that would be fantastic. What are you excited about most with all these upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows?