Andor, also known as Star Wars: Andor, is an American science-fiction action-adventure limited series created by Tony Gilroy for the streaming service Disney+. It is the fourth live-action series in the Star Wars franchise, as well as a prequel to both the spin-off film Rogue One (2016) and the original Star Wars film (1977). The series follows thief-turned-Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the five years that lead to the events of the two aforementioned films.
Diego Luna reprises his role as Cassian Andor and also serves as an executive producer. The ensemble cast also includes Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Stellan Skarsgård, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Faye Marsay, Varada Sethu, and Elizabeth Dulau, among others. Lucasfilm announced a series focused on Andor in November 2018, with Luna attached and Stephen Schiff hired as showrunner. Schiff was replaced by Rogue One co-writer Gilroy as creator and showrunner in April 2020. Filming began at the end of November 2020, with Gilroy unable to direct as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming took place at Pinewood Studios in London and on location around the United Kingdom, and wrapped by September 2021.
The first season of Andor premiered on Disney+ on September 21, 2022, with three episodes, with the rest of the season’s episodes being released weekly through November 23. It received critical acclaim from critics, who praised its writing, directing, performances, action sequences, musical score, and the darker, more mature tone compared to previous Star Wars projects. A second season is currently being filmed in London. It will conclude the series, and lead into the events of Rogue One.
- Diego Luna as Cassian Andor:
A thief and scavenger whose home planet, Kenari, was destroyed by a botched Imperial mining project. The series begins with Andor as a “revolution-averse” cynic and explores how he becomes “the most passionate person who’s going to give themselves to save the galaxy” in Rogue One. Gilroy had described him as a natural leader who manipulates people, adding that he is “really a perfect kind of spy, warrior, killer.” Antonio Viña portrays a young Andor, when he was known as Kassa.
- Kyle Soller as Syril Karn:
A Deputy Inspector for Preox-Morlana (Pre-Mor) Authority, a corporate conglomerate in charge of a trade sector. Karn works for Pre-Mor’s security services and is determined to capture Andor after learning he killed two Pre-Mor security employees. Soller described his character as having “an extreme sense of need to impress, and fill a hole in himself. And so that really is about ascending to the top of whatever field he’s in. The field he’s chosen is one of restriction and complete control, and one of domination.”
- Adria Arjona as Bix Caleen: A mechanic and black market dealer who is Andor’s ally and close friend.
- Fiona Shaw as Maarva Andor: Cassian’s adoptive mother who saved him from Kenari with Clem.
- Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael:
Caleen’s dealer contact who is a part of the Rebel Alliance. He hires Cassian on his first mission as a Rebel operative. Luthen poses publicly as an eccentric antiques dealer from Coruscant.
- Denise Gough as Dedra Meero: An ambitious and strategic supervisor for the Imperial Security Bureau.
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma:
A member of the Imperial Senate from the wealthy core world of Chandrila who tries to navigate the politics of the Empire while secretly helping fund the Rebel Alliance.
- Faye Marsay as Vel Sartha: A Rebel leader on the planet Aldhani and Mothma’s cousin.
- Varada Sethu as Cinta Kaz: A Rebel on Aldhani who is the team’s medic and healer.
- Elizabeth Dulau as Kleya Marki: Luthen’s assistant at his antiques store.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in November 2017 that Disney and Lucasfilm were developing live-action Star Wars television series for the new streaming service Disney+. One of these series was revealed a year later to be a prequel to the film Rogue One (2016). The series was described as a spy thriller show focused on the character Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising his role from the film. Production was expected to begin in 2019 after Luna completed filming the second season of Narcos: Mexico. Jared Bush originally developed the series, writing a pilot script and series bible for the project.
By the end of November 2018, Stephen Schiff was serving as showrunner and executive producer of the series. Tony Gilroy, who was credited as a co-writer on Rogue One and oversaw extensive reshoots for the film, joined the series by early 2019 when he discussed the first story details with Luna. In July 2019, Rick Famuyiwa was in early talks to direct several episodes after doing the same for the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Gilroy’s involvement was revealed that October, when he was set to write the first episode, direct multiple episodes, and work alongside Schiff; Gilroy had officially replaced Schiff as showrunner by April 2020. Six weeks of pre-production for the series had taken place in the United Kingdom by then, but this was halted and production on the series delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-production had begun again by September ahead of a planned filming start the next month. At that time, Gilroy, who is based in New York, chose not to travel to the UK for production on the series due to the pandemic, and was therefore unable to direct the series’ first episode. Instead, the UK-based Toby Haynes, who was already “high on the list” of potential directors for the series, was hired to direct the first three episodes. Gilroy would remain executive producer and showrunner. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced the series’ title, Andor, in December 2020, along with its 2022 release date. Luna was revealed to be executive producing the series, which was set to consist of 12 episodes. In February 2021, Ben Caron and Susanna White were set as additional directors. Sanne Wohlenberg and Michelle Rejwan also executive produce.
In February 2022, star Stellan Skarsgård indicated that the series would have a second season, with filming for it beginning in late 2022. That April , cinematographer Adriano Goldman said there had originally been plans for the series to last five seasons, but he believed those had changed and it was now expected to last three. At Star Wars Celebration a month later, Lucasfilm confirmed a 12-episode second season. Gilroy explained that the original five-season plan was deemed to be “physically impossible” due to the series’ scale, and instead they realized that they could end the series with one more season that led directly into the events of Rogue One.
Andor premiered on Disney+ on September 21, 2022, with the first three episodes being released. The rest of the 12-episode first season was released weekly, until November 23, 2022. The series previously was expected to debut in 2021, before production was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally set to premiere on August 31 with two episodes. In November 2022, Disney announced that the first two episodes of the first season would air on ABC on November 23, on FX on November 24, and Freeform on November 25, and be available on Hulu from November 23 through December 7. A similar move was to be also replicated across various countries in Europe, including Portugal, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands, with the first two episodes airing on Fox, on November 24 or 25, depending on the country.
The second season will also consist of 12 episodes, with Gilroy expecting it to release in late 2024.
- E01 – “Kassa”
- E02 – “That Would Be Me”
- E03 – “Reckoning”
- E04 – “Aldhani”
- E05 – “The Axe Forgets”
- E06 – “The Eye”
- E07 – “Announcement”
- E08 – “Narkina 5”
- E09 – “Nobody’s Listening!”
- E10 – “One Way Out”
- E11 – “Daughter of Ferrix”
- E12 – “Rix Road”
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