lucasfilm could be done with the Skywalker saga for now, but the elements surrounding it, like the dark times when the Empire ruled the galaxy, are far from fully explored. This dark period was covered in the previous film, “A thug: A Star Wars Story“, and now that story and one character, in particular, are getting their own prequel in”Andor,” a “star wars” limited series centered on Diego Luna‘Rebellious Cassian Andor, years before the events of ‘Rogue One.’
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Presented by Tony Gilroy, realized by Toby Haynes, Ben Caron, and Suzanne White, “Andor” is written by a powerful team that includes Gilroy, his brother and filmmaker Dan Gilroy (“Somnambulist“), Handsome Willimon (the showrunner of “Card castle“) and Stephen Schiff (famous for “Americans“). This stacked creative team is on board for the first season of “Andor” which is expected to run for 12 episodes.
“This first season is about [Andor] become a revolutionary, and the second 12 episodes take him to ‘Rogue One.‘” Gilroy told Vanity Fair. Here is the official synopsis:
Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the series follows rebel spy Cassian Andor during the rebellion’s formative years.
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The series will see the return of the aforementioned Luna, who played Andor Cassian, albeit a younger and not yet fully formed version of the character.
In that same Vanity Fair interview, Luna said he imagined aspects of Cassian’s story that never made it into the movie. “Now all that stuff is useful again,” says Luna. “I thought I was never going to be able to share this.”
The series will follow a large ensemble cast according to Tony Gilroy, with Luna adding that it was about “Building a Revolution”. Luna said of her showrunner, “This man, Tony Gilroy, is a fascinating writer, and he always references things that you and I can relate to. He’s a great collaborator. And he has this urgency to talk about the world in which we live.
It was announced in 2019 that Alan Tudyk would reprise his role as fan-favorite character K-2SO. However, in 2020, it was confirmed that Tudyk would not return in the first season again due to Gilroy’s story changes. “We don’t have Alan Tudyk,” Gilroy shared with Vanity Fair, “Not yet, anyway.”
In addition to Luna, the cast includes Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller, Geneviève O’Reilly, Denise Gough, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Robert Emms, Forest Whitaker, and David Hayman.
Already teased for a summer release, today at Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm announced that “Andor” is slated for an August 31, 2022 release on Disney+. Watch the first trailer below.