The Cassian Andor series is a prequel which will cover his adventures before the film where he was introduced.
In 2019 and Disney’s annual D23 expo, Kathleen Kennedy announced a series based on the character Cassian Andor as one of the things in production and headed for Disney Plus. Andor was one of the key characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and as he was in the movie, in the show he’ll be played by Diego Luna. Cassian Andor is killed off in Rogue One, but the Cassian Andor series is a prequel which will cover his adventures before the film where he was introduced.
The Release Date
Sadly, we don’t yet know exactly when to expect the Cassian Andor series to premiere on Disney+. But, we can narrow it down a little bit. Thanks to the Disney financial call from CEO Bob (via ComicBook) in November 2021, we know that Cassian Andor will close out the fourth financial quarter of 2022. ComicBook goes further to guess that while the Andor will end in 2022’s final quarter — between October 1s and December 31 — it will actually premiere some time between July and September.
First Look At Cassian Andor
Disney has released a first look at the new Cassian Andor series. Watch Diego Luna in action as his Star Wars character below…
Making Cassian Andor
Stephen Schiff (best known as the man behind The Americans) will serve as showrunner on Cassian Andor with Tom Gillroy on board to co-write and direct several episodes. Cassian Andor: The Series was supposed production in early 2020 with no date yet set for its release on Disney Plus, however it has now been delayed.
In early 2020 production on Disney’s Obi-Wan series was shut down by Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, eventually the same fate has befell Cassian Andor.
At the time TheGWW reported production on Cassian Andor had been pushed by back by Lucasfilm bosses due to “script issues”. Production was originally slated to begin in June of 2020, but right now we don’t know when Cassian Andor will start shooting, only that it will.
What Cassian Andor Is About
Originally it was thought the Cassian Andor series would be focused solely on Andor’s time as a rebel spy fighting the Galactica Empire, and while that’s still true we’ve also learned at least part of the show will be focused on his childhood.
The site Discussing Film has learned Disney is currently working on casting nine and thirteen year old actors to portray Andor as a kid. They’re also casting a 9-year-old girl to play Cassian’s sister. That could mean we’ll see an adult version of his sister in the main story or it could mean that his backstory, which will be told in flashbacks, will be about losing her.
As the title suggests, the show is about Cassian Andor and that means Diego Luna will star in the Disney Plus show as Cassian Andor, the character he originated in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Alan Tudyk will hopefully return as the voice of the lovable droid K-2SO, but apparently, not at first. In January 2021, Tudyk told Collider his droid character won’t be in the show’s first season. “They’re shooting it right now,” Tudyk said. “I’m not in it. But, if it stays on the air, stories keep getting told, I’ll end up in there.”
The droid first appeared in Rogue One and its thought the Cassian Andor series may explore how Cassian and K-2SO first met. In Rogue One K-2SO was created using CGI and Tudyk performed the motion capture for K-2SO in addition to the voice.
Jimmy Smits, who played Princess Leia Organa’s adopted father Bail Organa in the Star Wars prequels, is rumored to return as the character in Cassian Andor.
The Bespin Bulletin claims that Alistair Petrie is in talks to join the cast of the Cassian Andor series. Petrie played General Davits Draven in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
George Lucas Returns To Star Wars?
George Lucas hasn’t been involved in Star Wars since he sold it to Disney in 2012. But he recently expressed interest in returning to Star Wars and word is he’ll do it by getting involved in the Cassian Andor series.
According to this pretty wild rumor, George Lucas would join the Cassian Andor series behind the scenes as both a writer and an executive producer. The rest of the team currently involved will remain in place, but Lucas would simply jump in. An Exec Producer credit could mean he’s actually in charge of the show, though Stephen Schiff is still supposed to be the showrunner.
Whether this is really happening remains to be seen. I think odds are Lucas stays retired and doesn’t get involved in Disney Plus’s Cassian Andor series.