The Book of Boba Fett is currently receiving all of the galaxy's attention, and rightfully so. After a slow start, the series has turned into a jaw-dropping ensemble piece, giving Din Djarin, Grogu, Luke Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano significant screen time. The latest episode also saw the live-action debut of bounty hunter Cad Bane, upping the stakes for what's already proving to be a thrilling season finale.
When the dust settles on Tatooine, fans will return to the familiar desert in May for the debut of the highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series. The project, which was in various stages of development for nearly a decade, will finally see the return of Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Master, with Hayden Christensen also stepping into the boots of Darth Vader once more.
Given the excitement for such big shows, one of Lucasfilm's other 2022 releases has largely flown under the radar. Andor was announced at the tail-end of 2018, and following development and production delays, is finally slated to drop during Quarter 4 of this year.
The spy thriller boasts an impressive cast and offers serious potential for a compelling story - something that will evidently continue in the near future.
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In an interview with DN.SE, actor Stellan Skarsgard confirmed that Andor will be receiving a second season. The actor told the Swedish publication that after a brief break, he'll be returning to a few sets - including Andor, come this fall:
"We start with 'Dune 2' in July. And then in the autumn, it's time for the second season of the Star Wars series 'Andor'."
Due to COVID-19's surge, Andor experienced delays that extended its production. Skarsgard himself isn't sure when the first season will begin streaming but suggested the date will be selected with Season 2's release in mind:
"I do not know when they will start broadcasting it. It will take some time, so that it does not take too long between season one and season two."
When Will Star Wars: Andor Season 2 Release?
While the second season of Andor was something of a foregone conclusion, it's satisfying to hear the words from a member of the project's team. There have been rumors suggesting that the Rogue One spin-off would have as many as three seasons, but Skarsgard's words are the first indicator that things will be continuing in an official capacity.
Andor's first season underwent a significantly lengthy production - in large part due to the pandemic but also because it was shot on location. Unlike the projects in the MandoVerse, Andor did not make use of The Volume, with the creative heads instead opting to build practical sets. The choice will allow the series to follow the look and feel of Rogue One in a seamless manner, but it did come with the drawback of extending the filming process.
Because of the complications COVID-19 introduced to Andor, it's difficult to predict how long production will take for Season 2. Given Skarsgard's words, there's a chance that all work could be completed in time for a Quarter 4 release in 2023, but that seems to be a pipe dream. The production team does have the benefit of pre-existing props and sets on hand, which should reduce the pre-production time significantly. Should creative leads opt to use The Volume for some sequences, shooting will go quicker than expected as well.
It's been confirmed that Andor Season 1 will be 12 episodes, making it a safe guess that the sophomore run should be the same. Previous rumors claimed the first season would be split in two, but Skarsgard's comments thoroughly debunk such a notion.
With the series taking on a new genre in the galaxy far, far away, Andor has the chance to tell a fresh story over the span of several seasons that will show the darker elements of the Rebellion. One can only hope the production team has the opportunity for a further process in the second go-round.
Andor will debut in summer 2022 on Disney+.