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Disney+'s Andor: Everything We Know About The Star Wars TV Show

Andor, a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is an upcoming Disney+ original series. Here's everything we know about it.

There are so many Star Wars movies and TV shows on the way, from more than one spin-off of The Mandalorian to Taika Waititi's standalone film that we, honestly, don't know too much about. One of the more intriguing projects in the works, though, reached back into the past of the Star Wars franchise. Andor is a Disney+ original series focused on Cassian Andor, the character played by Diego Luna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The series is still quite a ways off from actually debuting on the streaming service. In fact, before it premieres we will see The Book of Boba Fett, a spin-off of The Mandalorian. We could also see the third season of The Mandalorian, for that matter.

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Still, while there's a long time before the new original series premieres, we know quite a bit about it--including casting and plot details, as well as the creative team. Take a look below at everything we've learned about Andor thus far.

What's it about?

According to an official description from Disney, the series will follow "Cassian Andor's adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, before the events of A New Hope." So get ready for a bunch of space espionage and any number of blaster fights set against the backdrop of a brewing rebellion.

Who's in charge?

Originally, The Americans alum Stephen Schiff was signed on to serve as showrunner on the series. However, he was ultimately replaced by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-writer Tony Gilroy. He was also originally set to direct a number of episodes, including the pilot. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, though, he opted not to travel to the show's set in the United Kingdom. Toby Haynes (Utopia, Black Mirror) stepped in to helm the first three episodes.

How many episodes will there be?

The first season of Andor will consist of 12 episodes. That's more than other Disney+ originals, like The Mandalorian (8 episode seasons) and WandaVision (9 episodes).

When is it set?

This is a bit of a mystery. As previously noted, it's set in the "formative years of the Rebellion." So it'll be a prequel to Rogue One--in which pretty much all of the heroes died. After all, it's hard to have a Cassian Andor series if Cassian Andor is dead. At this point, though, there's no telling how many years before those events it'll be set.

Who is in it?

While the titular Andor is the focus of the series--and will once more be played by Diego Luna--there's a massive supporting cast in place. At this point, though, we don't actually know who any of them will play. You can take a look at the confirmed cast below.

  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Adria Arjona
  • Fiona Shaw
  • Denise Gough
  • Kyle Soller

And that's just to name a few. According to a behind-the-scenes featurette released by Disney, there will be over 200 named characters on the series.

What about K-2SO?

Thankfully, we know that Andor's best droid friend K-2SO will return for the series eventually--and Alan Tudyk will voice the character once more. That said, don't expect the droid to pop up in Season 1. According to Tudyk, "I'm going to be in the show. It's just that the story that Tony [Gilroy] is telling doesn't involve K-2SO until later on... I can't be too specific, but I can definitely say that I'm not going to be in the first season."

Any other notable Star Wars characters?

One actor whose role we do know is Genevieve O'Reilly. She will reprise the role of Mon Mothma, a Rebel Alliance founder who appeared in both Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One.

Where is it filming?

Filming for the series kicked off in late 2020 in London, England. In a behind-the-scenes featurette released in December, the amount of work being done to create the TV show was revealed--including massive sets, a number of costumes, and plenty of alien designs.

When will it premiere?

A specific release date has not been given. However, we do know that Andor will premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

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Chris E. Hayner

Chris E. Hayner is an entertainment editor at GameSpot, having written for outlets that include The Hollywood Report, IGN, Mashable, and Nerdist. Additionally, he co-hosts and produced GameSpot's wrestling podcast Wrestle Buddies. Chris loves all movies, but especially Jaws and Paddington 2.

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