Cassian Jeron Andor, the Rebel Alliance member we met in Rogue One, is getting a new series on Disney Plus, and I thought it would be good to introduce you or remind you of everything we I know now!
It’s a slow process
Andor has been active since 2017, starting a year after the release of Rogue One. I clearly remember how Rogue One was received by fans and critics alike, it was a glimpse into how good the new Star Wars was.
Of course, Disney gave priority to episodes VIII and IX so we will not know about the Andor series until 2018 when they first announced the Andor tv show.
Filming begins at the end of 2020 at the famous Pinewood Studios, London. But as we know, 2020-2021 is full of problems for products around the world and Andor is no different, every project that Disney is working on, has been delayed.
Previously, Stephen Schiff was the presenter of the series but in April of 2020, he was replaced by Tony Gilroy. It means that some changes have been made in the story, regardless of the amount and extension of these changes, this combination of events has become difficult.
To be honest, I am surprised that they were able to finish the work in September of 2021 but I hope that the story will be published and it will be worth the wait.
Meet Cassian Andor
The Andor version we met in Rogue One is not the same as the one we see in this series, the spy in the film at the end of his journey. Here, we can see the beginning of the said journey, the ups and downs, and the events that make Cassian become a bad spy to do something in the name of the revolution.
“We’ll have a chance to see the character, to see the journey. I think Rogue One is about what happened, an event. And now we have a chance to tell you the story of that character you met there. Where he came from, why he got it.” said Diego Luna.
He also spoke about the importance of being a refugee, leaving your place of residence can change a person forever and it is something that is deeply rooted in him.
We know that Andor joined the rebellion at the age of six, he may not understand many things, but he shouldn’t. Anger is the only reason anyone needs it, even if that anger can be directed at something as big and powerful as the Galactic Empire.
I think tracking his journey from the first episode of Andor to Rogue One is one of the most interesting things in modern Star Wars media.
The story is set five years before the events of Rogue One and is related to the movie.
“Some of us… some of us… have done terrible things in the name of the Rebellion. Spies, saboteurs, assassins. Everything I did, I did for the Rebellion. And every time I let go of something I wanted to forget… I told myself it was for a reason I believed in. It’s a good reason.” – Andor’s words to himself, from Rogue One.
Star Wars often portrays conflicts as “good guys versus bad guys” and while we can all agree that the Galactic Empire is evil at its core, the Rebel Alliance is far from a group of the innocent. If the rebels want to defeat the Empire, they won’t do it by playing fair.
For decades, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo have been the faces of the Rebel Alliance. They have shown hope in a galaxy that is much needed, but there are people who have their hands dirty to get the job done.
I really enjoyed seeing the gray area this series explores and really seeing how far some of its members are willing to go in order to complete their mission. Is there a limit Cassian Andor cannot cross? Or is he loyal to the cause regardless of the reward?
Many new characters, modes, and locations will be revealed. One of my favorite things about The Mandalorian is the new atmosphere it has since like Star Wars, I think we can expect something similar with Andor.
It’s the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse of a Rebel Alliance activist in the mainstream media, which is very interesting.
There wasn’t as much hype for this series as a story like Obi-Wan Kenobi or The Book of Boba Fett, it’s understandable, they’ve been favorites for years. But I think by the end of Andor’s first season, he’ll be a new fan favorite.
The cast and crew
In addition to Diego Luna as Cassian Andor and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, Forest Whitaker is returning to reprise his role as Saw Gerrera.
The cast also includes Denise Gough (Yennefer of Vengerberg in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina, Bad Education), Fiona Shaw (Dorian Grey, Harry Potter, Enola Holmes), Adria Arjona (Unforgettable , Pacific Rim: Rebellion, Morbius) and Stellan Skarsgård (Thor, Dune, Chernobyl).
Alan Tudyk didn’t play K-2SO the first time but said he hopes to be brought on board for Andor’s second season.
Tony Gilroy, the writer of Rogue One, is an executive producer of the show and has co-written five episodes of it. I believe that bringing it back for this series was a very important step to make sure that everything connected in a proper way.
Andor will be joined by three directors: Toby Haynes (Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Musketeers) Susanna White (Generation Kill, Our Kind of Traitor, Bleak House), and Benjamin Caron (Skins, Wallander, Sherlock, The Crown).
Having different leads is a double-edged sword, it can bring a lot of good things to the table but can also affect the intended experience of a character. Of course, I don’t think we need to worry about it, Diego Luna is the executive producer of the show and I doubt that he will change the character in any way.
Nicholas Brittel is responsible for composing music for the series. He has won numerous awards for his work in Moonlight, Cruella, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Big Short, and more.
Andor release date on Disney Plus
The live-action series about Diego Luna and Genevieve O’Reilly will begin on August 31, 2022. Like the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the two episodes will air together.
Andor will have two seasons of twelve episodes each. The number of pieces is amazing, especially if we consider that the figure of Obi-Wan Kenobi is only six.
Having those many parts only increases my hopes for the series, which can be said to be the biggest build-up for a Star Wars movie in the history of the franchise. The second season will begin filming in November 2022.
We’re still waiting for a full trailer but for now, you can watch the teaser trailer to get a better idea of what Andor is like.