‘Andor’ on Disney+: Cast, date, plot and latest buzz around 'Star Wars' prequel series

In an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue, Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a Rebel hero

‘Andor’ on Disney+: Cast, date, plot and latest buzz around 'Star Wars' prequel series
Diego Luna in 'Star Wars: Andor' (IMDb)
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The 'Star Wars' franchise, created by George Lucas in the 1970s, is one of the most successful in the world. It has continued in an unbroken stream for the last 35 years with the release of films, TV shows, comic books (and not to mention video games and toys). It is truly a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The success of the 'Star Wars' franchise is due to three factors: great story, innovative marketing, and the clever targeting of many demographics. A testament to this is that 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' is still in the Top five of the list of films with the biggest box office collections at $2,069,521,700.

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The 'Star Wars' franchise has total 12 movies, comics and has over one hundred video games based on its characters and the Star Wars universe. Some of these games date back to the time of home consoles — remember those? However, the 'Star Wars' franchise is not done yet and is continuing to move on with shows like 'The Mandalorian' TV series that aired on November 12, 2019, the upcoming project known as the 'Star Wars: The High Republic', and 'Andor', a TV series which will be streaming on Disney+. Andor is being promoted as a 'prequel' to the 'Star Wars' spin-off film 'Rogue One'

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(L-R) Tony Gilroy and Diego Luna attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for “Andor” in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. The new original series from Lucasfilm launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31.
(L-R) Tony Gilroy and Diego Luna attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for 'Andor' in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. The new original series from Lucasfilm launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Who is starring in 'Andor'?

Diego Luna reprises his 'Rogue One' role as Cassian Andor, a thief whose homeworld was destroyed by the Empire. 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'. We will also see, Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma, a senator who tries to navigate the politics of the Empire while secretly helping to found the Rebel Alliance. Forest Whitaker will reprise his role as Saw Gerrera, a veteran of the Clone Wars and the leader of a militant insurgent group. Lastly, we know this stellar cast has Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Fiona Shaw, but there is no information yet about the characters they are playing. 

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(L-R) Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm, Genevieve O'Reilly, Sanne Wohlenberg, Tony Gilroy, Diego Luna and Yvette Nicole Brown attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for “Andor” in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. The new original series from Lucasfilm launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31.
(L-R) Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm, Genevieve O'Reilly, Sanne Wohlenberg, Tony Gilroy, Diego Luna and Yvette Nicole Brown attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for “Andor” in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. The new original series from Lucasfilm launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31.

When is 'Andor' releasing and where?

'Andor' is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on August 31st, 2022, at 3:30 am EST with its first two episodes.

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What is the plot of 'Andor'?

Beginning five years before the events of 'Rogue One', the show 'Andor' follows an ensemble cast of characters. They are caught up in fast-moving events as the Rebel Alliance slowly takes shape in opposition to the Galactic Empire. It will reveal Cassian Andor's journey as he embarks on the path destined to turn him into a rebel hero. 

Creators

'Andors' is created by Tony Gilroy. Diego Luna executive produces alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Michelle Rejwan while Lucasfilm is the production house behind the project. Directed by Toby Haynes, Susanna White, and Benjamin Caron.

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Latest news about 'Andor'

In an interview with Empire Magazine, showrunner Tony Gilroy spoke about his plans for Andor. Explaining: “The scale of the show is so huge, Directors work in blocks of three episodes, so we did four blocks in Season 1 of three episodes each." He further went on saying,  ‘Wow, it’d be really interesting if we come back, and we use each block to represent a year. We’ll move a year closer with each block!' “From a narrative point of view, it’s really exciting to be able to work on something where you do a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then jump a year.”

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Diego Luna took a moment out to express his happiness on Instagram, right after 'Andor' announced its premiere date in a special event on May 27. The post was captioned: "Thank you so much for a wonderful day #starwarscelebration2022 !!! Amazing energy in that room!!! #Andor"

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Trailer

You can watch Andor's official trailer, here: 


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