With Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the return of The Mandalorian, and the premiere ofAhsoka; another Star Wars live-action series, Andor, often gets overlooked. Lucasfilm hasn’t forgotten, however, and is already making plans to continue the Rogue One prequel series with Andor season 2, teasing there is a much bigger story to tell. They promise that story will surprise fans, and will change the way they see the 2016 film about the Rebels who steal the Death Star plans. Diego Luna is returning to reprise his role as the Rebel spy, with season one of the series due to premiere late this summer.
After a lukewarm fan reception to The Book of Boba Fett (or The Mandalorian Season 2.5 as many called it), Lucasfilm is working hard to assure fans that Star Wars is still on the right track. Most fans aren’t worried about Obi-Wan Kenobi, which premieres Friday on Disney+ and features the return of Ewan McGregor to the role. Not much is known about Andor. In a new feature spread in Vanity Fair, Kathleen Kennedy and company are teasing what’s to come in the Star Wars universe, promising a focus more on episodic storytelling, as opposed to the event films that we are all used to, according to Comic Book Resources. That means Andor Season 2 will be the second part of a more epic tale. “It’s really, for me, the second half of the novel,” writer and executive producer Tony Gilroy told Vanity Fair.
Gilroy, who was brought on for rewrites and reshoots for Rogue One, is largely credited with getting the film back on track after some well-publicized production troubles. It’s now widely considered the best of the Disney-era Star Wars films, and Lucasfilm hopes Gilroy can replicate that magic in the Andor series. While providing some insight into the upcoming show, Gilroy revealed plans for an Andor season 2, which will surprise fans who thought the series would be a one-and-done affair. Considering we already knew Andor’s fate in Rogue One, fans assumed there would be limits to telling his background story. Not so, promises Gilroy, who revealed that there are twelve episodes planned for both the first and second seasons. “The first season is about (Andor) becoming a revolutionary, and the second 12 episodes take him into Rogue One,” Gilroy said.
Gilroy did confirm that K-2SO, the sarcastic yet fan-favorite Imperial droid voiced by Alan Tudyk in Rogue One, would not initially appear in Andor. “We don’t have Alan Tudyk. Not yet, anyway,” Gilroy said, which does hint at the possibility that he could appear in Andor season 2. That scenario is pretty likely, as Gilroy says season 2 will lead directly into Rogue One. Season one will begin five years before the events of Rogue One and will delve deep into Cassian’s life leading up to it. We already know that Genevieve O’Reilly, who appeared as Rebel leader Mon Mothma in Rogue One, is returning to reprise her role in season one, and so far, she is the only familiar face we see besides Diego Luna.
Luna got his start in acting in Mexican films and television. He had his breakthrough role when he starred alongside his childhood friend Gael Garcia Bernal in 2001’s critically acclaimed hit Y tu mamá también, and roles in American films soon followed. His other credits include Frida, Dirty Dancing 2, The Terminal, Open Range, Elysium, and The Book of Life. A start of production date for Andor season 2 has not been announced. An exact date for the season one premiere is also not known.