Andor is the long-awaited prequel series to Rogue One coming soon to Disney+, starring Diego Luna as rogue spy Cassian Andor and undoubtedly exploring a darker side of the Star Wars universe.
After the huge success of The Mandalorian, it’s no wonder more live-action Star Wars series are on the way, and Andor is the oldest.
If you want to find out what other big shows are coming to Disney Plus (including the Obi-Wan series), check out our article on the best shows on Disney+.
When will Andor be released?
Disney has confirmed that Andor will come to Disney+ from August 31.
When it arrives, it’s expected to air twelve episodes each week, much like The Mandalorian.
It’s also been confirmed that the series will have a second and final season, which will apparently lead directly to the start of the Rogue One movie.
“It’s a second season, but it’s really, for me, the second half of the novel,” showrunner Tony Gilroy told Vanity Fair. “This first season is about how he becomes a revolutionary, and the next 12 episodes take him into Rogue One.”
Watch the trailer
Disney finally released a trailer for the series at its Star Wars Celebration event in May, and it’s awesome:
It’s the only trailer seen so far, but if you want more, there’s a video with lots of behind-the-scenes footage and concept art that makes us wonder what we can expect from Andor. :
What is the argument?
The new series will be a spy thriller based on Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor, and will be set five years before Rogue One, at the start of the battle between the Empire and the Rebellion.
In a cover story for Vanity Fair, it is revealed that Cassian’s home planet of Andor was destroyed and he was initially quite reluctant to join the rebellion. The series will trace his journey to becoming the man he eventually becomes in Rogue One.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Luna expressed her excitement for a prequel story. “You know the ending, but you don’t know how it happened, and we have that challenge before us again.”
Who are the cast and crew?
As you might have already guessed, Diego Luna will return as Cassian Andor. Geneviève O’Reilly will join him, reprising her role as Mon Mothma, a leader within the rebellion.
They will be joined by Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller and Denise Gough, according to Variety. The latest addition to the cast is Good Omens actress Adria Arjona, reports Deadline.
Other rumors have surfaced about who might join the cast. Stellan Skarsgard mentioned in a radio interview that she starred opposite Forest Whitaker, who plays Saw Gerrera. Additionally, The Direct reports that villainous Orson Krennic (played by Ben Mendelsohn) will also return.
Alan Tudyk will also be returning to voice the K2SO Imperial droid, but we likely won’t see him until Season 2. Luna also announced that there will be more “familiar faces”, so it’s possible we’ll see more oldies. from Rogue One.
Behind the camera, Tony Gilroy (who previously worked on Rogue One) will direct the series. On the writing team we will have Tony’s brother Dan (known from Nightcrawler), Stephen Schiff (known from The Americans) and Beau Willimon (known from House of Cards).
Deadline also reported that due to pandemic-related travel issues, Gilroy did not direct the first three episodes. In his place, Toby Haynes took over the duties in his absence. Haynes has previously worked on Black Mirror, Sherlock and Doctor Who.
How can I see Andor?
Andor is a Disney+ exclusive, meaning you can only watch it on the streaming platform. At the time of writing, Disney+ costs £7.99 per month for an ongoing subscription and £79.90 for an annual subscription. You can subscribe to Disney Plus here.