The world was first introduced to rebel spy Cassian Andor in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spinoff film set in the galaxy far, far away. In November 2018, then-CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger announced during his quarterly earnings call that a Cassian Andor TV series was being developed for Disney +. It has since been revealed that Cassian's trusty ex-Imperial security droid K-2SO would be a part of the show, and fans have naturally wondered if any other familiar characters would be making appearances.
In a recent exclusive interview with Movieweb, Neal Scanlan shared that the creative forces behind the Cassian series have every intention of including characters created for the Disney-era Star Wars films. Scanlan has served as the creature effects supervisor for all five Disney Star Wars films and will continue that work for the Cassian Andor series, set to start filming later this year, with the first season expected to drop some time in 2021. Scanlan had this to say about some of his earlier creations finding their way into the Cassian series:
We also have this backlog of characters. A lot of the characters that we built for all of the films either didn't make it to the final cut, because that's just the way that the film process happens, or that they are seen so momentarily that there is this wonderful second opportunity to bring back some of the characters that we've made and bring them to this new storyline in a more, shall we say, integrated way.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The possibilities for who could make an appearance in this show are limitless. Alien species in the Star Wars universe have lifespans that far surpass humans, making characters from the sequel trilogy fair game. Perhaps we'll see some characters that were featured in Maz Kanata's castle in The Force Awakens? Or maybe we could see creatures with some ties to Cassian, such as the Two-Tube brothers serving as Rebel partisans in Rogue One. Who knows, this could be the chance for Solo: A Star Wars Story legend Therm Scissorpunch to have his big breakout.
Beyond familiar faces, Scanlan mentioned the possibility that unused creatures could be integrated into the series. The first such character that comes to mind is the Eye of Webbish Bog, originally meant to meet Kylo Ren on Mustafar, whom Scanlan has already expressed interest in adding to a future Star Wars story. Beyond, there is a plethora of unseen creations that the creature department spent countess hours working to bring to life. If we know one thing about the behind the scenes nature of Star Wars projects, it's that no idea ends up going unused, and many creatures are about to find their new homes.